On May 12, 2012, team members Matthew Thomas and Anthony Mellone placed first and second in the Junior Level Line Following contest at the Dallas Personal Robotics Group (DPRG) Roborama 2012a competition.
For the Line Following contest, robots had to successfully make two laps around a course indicated by black electrical tape on white vinyl tile. Matthew’s robot (“Heinz Doofenbot”) completed 2 laps of the course in 75 seconds; Anthony’s robot (“Subatomic Fusion”) had difficulty with one of the sharper curves but still earned second place. Both Matthew and Anthony received gift certificates to mindsensors.com and Tanner Electronics for their entries.
Below is a video of Matthew’s winning run. You can also see other videos of Model Scouts robots at Roborama 2012a, the full Roborama 2012a video playlist, and other pictures from the event.
Coach Patrick also entered some events at Roborama. We’re all looking forward to the next DPRG contest!
Team Model Scouts setup and ran two stations on robotics at Pack 79’s meeting on May 5th. We ran a station on First Lego League Robot Game. We also ran a station on robotic gadgets, robotic line following, sensors and attachments. Everything ran well except our HiTec compass sensor. It was not working reliably. We suspect the iron rebar in the concrete floor interfered with the sensor.
Team Model Scouts took a road trip to Sasche, TX to meet Pack 1492 on May 17th, 2012. Naturally, we brought our robots. We setup and ran three stations at the pack meeting: 1. First Lego League Robot Game, 2. robotic gadgets, and 3. robot navigation — a. line following using a color sensor, b. navigating to a beacon with compass and IR sensors sensors.
35 scouts from Pack 1492 attended the event.
Model Scout Anthony Mellone gave a presentation to Pack 254 on April 27th about his adventures on the Model Scout robotic team. At his Webelos den meeting on April 28th, his den went to a Sumobot workshop at Arts and Technology Institute in Frisco to build NXT Mindstorm “sumo” bots that then competed to push each other out of the ring.