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Robotics Challengers and Judges. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Robotics Challengers and Judges
Rocketeers and Judges Back Row Judges, left to right: Eric Greager, Drew Tschacher, Michael Frawley, all from EnCana, and Jason Zakotnick from WLC. Front row students, left to right: Howard Talbott, Conor Sullivan, Dawson Hoover, Thomas Mack, Guthrie Sturman, Anna Shafer.

NXT Robot. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
NXT Robot
The robots were made using Lego Robotics NXT kits.

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1st Annual Robotics Challenge
Sublette County Fair
by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
August 9, 2008

The 1st Annual Robotics Challenge was held on Wednesday, July 30, at the Sublette County Fair. The event was open to any youth between the ages of 8 to 18.

Each student designed and built their robot using Lego brand robotic kits with NXT technology. They programmed software to have to robot do a sequence of tasks using a choice of sensors to work with. Sensors respond to touch, sound, light, and ultrasound. The sensors allow control over movement, distance traveled, detection of objects, travel to or from an object, opening or closing a robotic arm extension and claw, rotation movement, and start/stops.

The event was sponsored by Sublette 4-H and EnCana Oil & Gas USA.

Judges were Drew Tschacher, Eric Greager and Michael Frawley from EnCana, and Jason Zakotnick from WLC Engineering (Worhtington Lenheart and Carpenter).

This was the kick-off year for the Robotics Science Engineering and Technology program for 4-H. The Grand Prize winner in each category received a Lego Robotics NXT kit. All the participants received a $25 prize, donated by EnCana Oil and Gas

Grand Champion Winners:
Senior Division: Anna Shafer
Intermediate Division: David Rule
Junior Division: Thomas Mack

Anyone interested in joining or learning more about the after-school and 4-H Robotics program this fall, sign-ups will be available a the 4-H annual Open House the second week in October. Contact Robin Schamber at the Sublette County Extension Office for more information, 307-367-4380, rschamber@uwyo.edu.



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  • Robot. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Robot

    Thomas Mack . Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Thomas Mack
    Thomas Mack was the Grand Champion winner in the Junior Division.

    Changing the balls. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Changing the balls
    The robot can detect the blue from the red ball.

    Line Sensor Demonstration. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Line Sensor Demonstration
    Thomas Mack's robot was programmed to follow the line.

    Sensing the Line. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Sensing the Line

    Thomas Mack's robot. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Thomas Mack's robot

    Thomas and his ribbon. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Thomas and his ribbon
    Thomas Mack.

    Conor Sullivan demo. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Conor Sullivan demo
    Conor's robot has to find the line.

    Then follow the line. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Then follow the line
    Once it finds the line, Conor's robot is programmed to follow it.

    Going to the ball. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Going to the ball
    Conor Sullivanís robot had to find the line, the follow it to the ball, then hit the ball from the stand.

    Dawson reads David's remarks. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Dawson reads David's remarks
    Dawson reads David Rule's comments about his robot. David was out of town and couldn't attend the competition.

    Dawson demos for David Rule. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Dawson demos for David Rule
    David Rule was the only participant in the Intermediate Division. He was at Science Camp, so Dawson Hoover demonstrated his robot in front of the Judges for him.

    David's robot. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    David's robot
    David Rule's robot. He was the Grand Chamion winner in the Intermediate Division.

    Answering questions. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Answering questions
    Dawson answers the Judge's questions about David's robot

    Anna Shafer. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Anna Shafer
    Anna's robot was programmed to go forward until it hears a sound, then turn backwards and to the right until something is waved in front of the ultrasonic sensor, then move forward again.

    Showing the Judges. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Showing the Judges
    Anna Shafer demonstrates her robot in front of the Judges. She was the Grand Champion winner of the Senior Division.

    Dawson Hoover. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Dawson Hoover
    Dawson's robot uses an ultrasonic sensor to stay a measured distance from a wall.

    Keeping its distance. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Keeping its distance
    Dawson Hoover's robot stays away from the obstacle, as programmed.

    Dawson's robot. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Dawson's robot

    Guthrie Sturman. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Guthrie Sturman
    Ten-year old Guthrie Sturman participated in both the afterschool and 4-H Robotics programs.

    Revenge of the Robot. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Revenge of the Robot
    Guthrie's robot pulls up to the object, in this case the Lego Man, and the guy says, "Oh No!"...

    Robot Revenge. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Robot Revenge
    ...then the robot runs over him.

    And again. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    And again
    ...then over him again, Guthrie says, laughing.

    Howard Talbott. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Howard Talbott
    Howard Talbott gets his robot ready to do its run. It is programmed to home in on the target, recognize it, open the claw and pick up target ball with claw, turn corner, carry the ball a distance and then stop.

    Going to the ball. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Going to the ball
    Howard's robot goes towards the target ball.

    Howard Talbott's robot. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Howard Talbott's robot


    Grabs the ball. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Grabs the ball
    Howard's robot grabs the ball, as programmed.

    Judges watch. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Judges watch
    The four Judges watch as Howard Talbott's robot goes through its programmed run. Howard, 16-years old, has been in the 4-H program for three years.

    Answering questions. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Answering questions
    Howard answers the Judge's questions after his robot's exhibition. He said the hardest part was getting the robot to pick up the ball.

    Howard's robot. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Howard's robot
    Howard Talbott's robot.

    Matthew's robot. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Matthew's robot
    Anna's brother, Matthew Shafer, was in Texas, so she demoed his robot for the Judges. His robot was programmed using the ultrasonic sensors. It travels forward until it sees something. When it finds something, it stops and turns, and repeats the process.

    Matthew Shafer's robot. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Matthew Shafer's robot
    Matthew Shafer's robot rolls up to Judge Eric Greager. As programmed, it stopped and turned to another direction.

    Turning Matthew's robot. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Turning Matthew's robot
    This little guy helped demonstrate Matthew Shafer's robot's sensors by becoming an obstacle in its path.

    Good work. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Good work
    Judge Eric Greager, who works for EnCana Oil and Gas, congratulates Howard Talbott on his good work on his robot.

    Playing with the robots. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Playing with the robots
    The kids played with the robots while waiting for the Judges to come back with their decisions.

    Admiring the robots. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Admiring the robots
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