Science Olympiad 2013-2014

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Re: Science Olympiad 2013-2014

Postby Skink » April 16th, 2013, 8:38 am

I'm working from really hazy memory here, but I think Robot Ramble is the one where my team wired a Dualshock (I thought this was neat) to a simple robot that went in an arena and had n minutes to move balls into holes in the corners of the arena somethingorother. I suspect they used a can or something to pick up the balls, that or some kind of claw mechanism. I can't remember. This was a long time ago.

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Re: Science Olympiad 2013-2014

Postby Bozongle » April 16th, 2013, 9:04 am

Here we come Shock Value! 2nd at State this year, hopefully 1st next year!

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Re: Science Olympiad 2013-2014

Postby gneissisnice » April 16th, 2013, 12:25 pm

I'm working from really hazy memory here, but I think Robot Ramble is the one where my team wired a Dualshock (I thought this was neat) to a simple robot that went in an arena and had n minutes to move balls into holes in the corners of the arena somethingorother. I suspect they used a can or something to pick up the balls, that or some kind of claw mechanism. I can't remember. This was a long time ago.

Yeah, I think you're right.

I have no idea what RoboCross is though. I'm not even sure it's a real event, it's entirely possible that I just made it up.
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Re: Science Olympiad 2013-2014

Postby Luo » April 16th, 2013, 1:44 pm

I'm working from really hazy memory here, but I think Robot Ramble is the one where my team wired a Dualshock (I thought this was neat) to a simple robot that went in an arena and had n minutes to move balls into holes in the corners of the arena somethingorother. I suspect they used a can or something to pick up the balls, that or some kind of claw mechanism. I can't remember. This was a long time ago.
Yeah, I think you're right.

I have no idea what RoboCross is though. I'm not even sure it's a real event, it's entirely possible that I just made it up.
RoboCross is definitely a real event - my coach was the national event supervisor for it, back in the day.
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Re: Science Olympiad 2013-2014

Postby caseyotis » April 16th, 2013, 1:44 pm

I'm working from really hazy memory here, but I think Robot Ramble is the one where my team wired a Dualshock (I thought this was neat) to a simple robot that went in an arena and had n minutes to move balls into holes in the corners of the arena somethingorother. I suspect they used a can or something to pick up the balls, that or some kind of claw mechanism. I can't remember. This was a long time ago.

Yeah, I think you're right.

I have no idea what RoboCross is though. I'm not even sure it's a real event, it's entirely possible that I just made it up.
Robo-Cross is the building of a robot that has to do various tasks. I think it was an event in 2009. :3 I research these kinds of things.

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Re: Science Olympiad 2013-2014

Postby syo_astro » April 16th, 2013, 1:49 pm

Ah darn, I was going to post a reply! I actually did Robo-Cross in 7th grade XD. Note to self, remember to make sure batteries you use work...including backups (even though they were working they day before T.T). I remember having a bulldozer-ish robot (but I think in general people probably used vex kits...I just made whatever kit we had on hand). I remember having a field with your classic objects, and I think there was a "harder to get to" quarter of the field that was a bonus area (really I think it just had a slight bump...). Also, I was going to link the wiki pages haha.
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Re: Science Olympiad 2013-2014

Postby caseyotis » April 16th, 2013, 1:50 pm

I could never do something like that. I'm just so uncoordinated when it comes to building things. But I might challenge myself and take on a building event next year in Div. C. Maybe Scrambler or Gravity-Powered Vehicle. .-. I'll probably get a design from here, on the forum, and try to build it.
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Re: Science Olympiad 2013-2014

Postby syo_astro » April 16th, 2013, 2:00 pm

I could never do something like that. I'm just so uncoordinated when it comes to building things. But I might challenge myself and take on a building event next year in Div. C. Maybe Scrambler or Gravity-Powered Vehicle. .-. I'll probably get a design from here, on the forum, and try to build it.
I mean, it mainly takes practice...I'm not a real builder, but building from a kit isn't that hard (the one I made wasn't at least...I guess some can be harder especially if you want to improve them/make them competitive). Also, don't underestimate the work for all the events I think I've seen you wanting to do.

Also, it's just Gravity Vehicle, not Gravity-Powered (though, the tentative list puts on Scrambler, which is probable since the vehicle events I think have two year rotations)! The vehicle events can be nice...but in general for builds I feel like you have everything straight and all (there are major issues if you just go, cut, and put a car together without paying attention unless you just happen to do it right). At the same time, everything takes practice/work (I hear the general consensus with why building is so hard for people is because they give up when thinking the end product is too hard to get). If you could help it of course getting help is a good option...
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Re: Science Olympiad 2013-2014

Postby caseyotis » April 16th, 2013, 2:31 pm

I could never do something like that. I'm just so uncoordinated when it comes to building things. But I might challenge myself and take on a building event next year in Div. C. Maybe Scrambler or Gravity-Powered Vehicle. .-. I'll probably get a design from here, on the forum, and try to build it.
I mean, it mainly takes practice...I'm not a real builder, but building from a kit isn't that hard (the one I made wasn't at least...I guess some can be harder especially if you want to improve them/make them competitive). Also, don't underestimate the work for all the events I think I've seen you wanting to do.

Also, it's just Gravity Vehicle, not Gravity-Powered (though, the tentative list puts on Scrambler, which is probable since the vehicle events I think have two year rotations)! The vehicle events can be nice...but in general for builds I feel like you have everything straight and all (there are major issues if you just go, cut, and put a car together without paying attention unless you just happen to do it right). At the same time, everything takes practice/work (I hear the general consensus with why building is so hard for people is because they give up when thinking the end product is too hard to get). If you could help it of course getting help is a good option...
I guess so... I don't have a flair for building, and I certainly don't have a steady hand. I think I'm more up to working for a bunch of study events than a building event.

Oh. xD Sorry. Yeah, I've noticed that with my own team. I agree with that general consensus. One of my teammates just gave up on Helicopters because they thought it was too hard. >.> If I do end up trying out a building event, which I probably won't, I will need a lot of help.
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Re: Science Olympiad 2013-2014

Postby Flavorflav » April 18th, 2013, 9:28 am

Ah darn, I was going to post a reply! I actually did Robo-Cross in 7th grade XD. Note to self, remember to make sure batteries you use work...including backups (even though they were working they day before T.T). I remember having a bulldozer-ish robot (but I think in general people probably used vex kits...I just made whatever kit we had on hand). I remember having a field with your classic objects, and I think there was a "harder to get to" quarter of the field that was a bonus area (really I think it just had a slight bump...). Also, I was going to link the wiki pages haha.
I believe it was 1/2" quarter-round surrounding the bonus quarter - I recall making the field for my region.


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