Innovative Teacher, software designer, scientist and digital technology
expert Michael Fenton shares ideas to support students, parents and
teachers engage with the new Digital Technologies Hangarau
On this page, building a robot forthe Sumo battle or Maze solving
The new Lost in Space series
on Netflix is the inspiration for a "Rescue the Robinsons" maze
This entry involves a scratch-built robot, the purchase of a kit to
assemble, or the purchase of a ready-made pre-assembled robot.
YOUR MISSION: The
Robinson family is lost in space, stranded on a
strange new planet after their spaceship, the Jupiter 2, has
crash-landed. Two of the children, Will and Penny Robinson, have gone
out to survey the crash site, but have not returned.
Send your robot to
rescue the Robinsons!
The robots that navigate the maze to find the Robinsons in the best
time will win monetary prizes.
The maze will be published HERE SOON....
Fight a Sumo
Sumo robot competitions have been
prevalent in Japan, with the first competition being held in 1989 with
only 33 robots, by 2001, the number was over 4,000.
This entry involves a scratch-built
robot, the purchase of a kit to assemble, or the purchase of a
ready-made pre-assembled robot.
Sumo-bot wrestling requires robots to push or flip each
other out of a circular ring (dohyo). A robot that is flipped &
immobilized or pushed outside of the dohyo loses, the other robot wins
a yuko point. The first to gain two yuko points wins the match.
Design the best sumo
fighting robot in Taranaki!
Entrants will battle the robots on the day of the fair, and the robots
with the best performance will win monetary prizes.
The ring dimensions will be published HERE SOON... Construction ideas - Edison V2
robot (Sumo or Maze entry)
Tim Carr from Mindkits.co.nz
kindly supplied two of these amazing robots, real
value-for-money and intuitive to use.
First of all, I hate looking at naked robots. C3P0 looked creepy
without his metal skin, and the T800 Terminator gives me nightmares
still. Robots should be "dressed" or be designed with a type of
"costume" in mind. Making and designing are creative acts so why not
functional machine that also looks interesting or inspiring?
Edison robots are LEGO compatible, so I decided to put my childrens old
bricks to good use;
How can you make your robot look more interesting with a body
modification or costume covering?
You could use card or other materials but keep in mind the Edison
sensors still need to do their jobs!
You could research some famous robots for ideas to make Edison a body
to be proud of!
Features of the Edison V2 robot:
introduction to robotics and coding for Primary / Intermediate students
straight out of the box, (once batteries inserted); no programming
needed to see results!
programmed by bar codes provided, for immediate obstacle avoidance,
programming interface simple to use for beginners - no language to
text-based programming for more advanced use to learn coding skills
to use universal programming lead that plugs in to any headphone jack
on any device
A great robot for
under $70 that works on any device (Apple, Windows, smartphone), grows
with the user from novice to expert and is very well constructed and
In the video above you will see I added a PICAXE 08M2 chip to flash the
lights in the chest cavity.
For experts or
add a range of different sensors, such as temperature or colour
sensors, to the PICAXE chip and then programme the PICAXE to send an IR
signal to Edison.Edison can
programmed to move in response to the IR signal.
This opens the Edison
up to a much wider set of environmental conditions to monitor, moving
in response to the external sensors attached to the PICAXE.
You could have a heat-seeking Edison!
Construction ideas - Arduino or
PICAXE robot (Sumo or Maze entry) Here
again it adds a lot of appeal to have a fully "dressed" robot. Rather
than letting people see the bare circuitry and gears, why not make a
body costume to make your robot look more interesting and appealing?
You could recycle parts from an old analogue TV like I did here in the video below:
OP1 is a PICAXE-based robot with a L239D motor controller and a Bluetooth module. He operates on 8 C-size cells (12 volts DC).
OP1 senses the environment for temperatue and static electricity,
sending the data back to my smartphone for graphing. I can also take
control of OP1 to drive the robot remotely. There is a MP3 player
module to produce sound effects. On the front is an ultrasonic range
finder module, an aid to avoiding obstacles when OP1 autonomously
explores his surroundings.
I have recently seen Arduino Smart Car kits at www.dx.com
who also provide motor controllers, bluetooth modules, ultrasonic range
finders, etc, often with free delivery. I have found them very
reliable, but some parts take a few weeks to arrive, depending on