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Zumo Competition

posted 10 Jan 2017, 17:42 by ellie@thedropbears.org.au   [ updated 10 Jan 2017, 18:49 ]

The recruits first term in The Drop Bears was an action packed one. With help from the veteran members, they had to assemble and program a Zumo Robot in 6 weeks in a kind of mini build season. Zumo competitions are run with robots less than 10x10x10 cm, and the aim is to push your opponent outside the white tape on the edges of the ring.

 The aim of this exercise was to teach them some basic mechanical and software skills while at the same time get them working in a build season like environment - producing a product with limited time and resources. In groups with a veteran member they went through the Zumo assembly. The main mechanical skill they focused on was soldering. Many students had not done this before so they were excited to have a hands on task.

 Once the recruits had built their Zumo bots, they wrote code to power them. Coding the robots was definitely something different for most of the members. Our mentors and software section leader walked them through the basics of programming and they soon had a functioning Zumo bot. Groups then set out to modify their code and bot to try and win. They then had an evening to test it out before the actual completion.

The competition was run in a similar manner to the FRC competitions that the team participates in. Each match is made up of 3 individual games, to give teams that have a technical glitch in one of them that loses the match a chance to recover.

The team that one each match was given one point, and after each team playing 3 other teams, they moved on to the finals matches. The finals matches were run as knockouts, starting with quarter finals and moving onto semis then finals.

The final match was heated and everyone was on the edge of their seats. The winners were Joel and Ryan! They were very proud of their work and the end result of their robot. All the other students had the same mentality even if they didn't make it into the finals. It was a great project for everyone to learn some basics of robotics!

Watch our youtube video about the competition here: