As discussed in this month's meeting, we are going
to start preparing for our annual robot competition.
Roger almost single
handedly organized the whole show last year by himself. Previous officers and
event coordinators left no written guideline or rules to go by. Lets change all
that. I partially ignorant about the whole process but I know one or two things
that can make it better, as I'm sure everyone has there
- Event chairpersons. one per event.
- Location Planner to work with
Exploritorium regarding facility requirements.
- Sponsorship champion.
- Promoters and artists for a propaganda machine. Coordinate T-shirts, brochures web
content, and most importantly PRESS RELEASES. I can tell you that I never
would have found out about this SFRSA as early as I did if I didn't see it in
a local paper a few years ago.
- Awards champion. Perhaps the same person as
- Judges. If you don't have a robot to compete then
you may be drafted as a judge.
I volunteer to:
1. Champion the sumo matches.
- I will organize and direct the event. Actually I
hope that come competition time everything will be organized that someone will
judge and direct the competition because I want to compete in it.
- I want to hold workshops to help other learn how
to and help them build their own mini sumo bot.
- I will institute a double eliminations bracket
method of competition that will fairly and efficiently keep thing moving
and interesting. This should cut the time of the competition in half.
- Define the rules (republish the existing ones) and
environmental conditions (solve the lighting issue).
2. Co-champion along with David Calkins a Lego
Mindstorms criterion. My thoughts are:
- A criterion based event that recognizes those that
pass the test with an award and perhaps www mention.
- A three level system. Like autonomous obstacle
coarse for Robot Master level (typically Lego RCX level stuff). An Robot
Apprentice level for those that can build a mechanism with at least one
stimulus-response behavior (Lego Scout controller level stuff). Lastly a Robot
Mechanic level for those that can build a creation that moves.
- The levels could be SFRSA's trademark events
that get kids involved
- Hold at least two workshops to demonstrate Lego
Mindstorms, robotics in general, and examples of the criterion.
- Document the proceed for future
We also need a Rope climbing chairperson that can
once and for all specify a standard off the shelf rope from a national brand and
bring it to the competition.
The obstacle course kind of slacked off last year.
I don't think there's much interest in that anymore. What about a micromouse ala
IEEE rules. Anybody want to chair that? It might be too late now but may it can
be demonstrated this time and be incorporated in next years program. There is
good value in such a competition from the fact that many current robot
applications require mapping capabilities.
Any other competition?
Please don't be bashful about volunteering, even if
you don't think you are the best person for a job. Because one, nobody else is
stepping up, and two there are plenty of people willing to give advise that you
won't have to worry. Also this is an opportunity for you to be a part of
something exciting and special. Consider it a career builder. Maybe even
get a free T-shirt. I'm a busy guy like the rest so the more people we get the
less work for any one person.
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