The event started on Friday with some breakout sessions, teaching students important robotics engineering techniques like line-following and gear ratios.
On Saturday, the competition challenge was revealed, to design a 'rescue' robot that would be able to find and rescue objects in a set scenario within the time limit.
Students spent the morning designing, building and testing their robots. Some of the designs utilised line-following, proximity sensors, mechanical arms and claws. It was very interesting to see how the different teams approached the challenge with wildly different designs.
For six of our seven Northbridge participants, this was their first robotics tournament experience, but they very quickly found their feet.
Sam, Sim, Pagna and Rattanak's team finished fifth in the robot challenge with a brute force design that 'rescued' by basically destroying every obstacle in its path!