Yesterday, the hosting company Schuberg Philis organised a LEGO day at its offices for all the employees and, of course, the kids. It was split into two parts, downstairs they had prepared a large auditorium with big tables full of LEGO for the younger kids and upstairs we had the “board room” for robot building workshops.
After a rocky start where Eric was thoroughly confused trying to rebuild Vassilis C’s (Nextstorm) boxing robots, we prepared the room with laptop and a tonne of Technic LEGO parts and NXTs for people to build robots.
The original idea was that there would be sumo matches between teams but things took a different turn.
People seemed to just do their own thing, build robots, program line followers, Martijn, Eric and I just helped when and where we could and let things take their course. I think fun was had by all but I think in all we had only a few true sumo matches during the whole day. I witnessed one of them, which was an epic battle between the robot you see on the right and a standard sumo robot that Martijn built. It had rather scary looking antlers and a some spinning blades on the front that would lift and push the opponent out of its way. Its owner was as proud as a peacock, of course, and was more than happy to pose with his creation.
|The demo room where we had a couple of robots on display for people to play with and look at.||The sumo building room. Lots of dads and their kids building robots.|
|A line following robot, programmed in ROBOTC.||Three sumo robots that actually ended up competing, very cool!|
It was a real blast and fun was had by all!