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Building Robots At Schuberg Philis

Looks great!Where does this bit go?Getting everything readyYesterday, 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.

Scary antler spinning blade botPeople 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.


Playing with robots The lab where the magic happened!
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.


Line follower! The three coolest sumo robots of the day
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!

About Xander

Xander Soldaat is a Software Engineer and former Infrastructure Architect. He loves building and programming robots. He recently had the opportunity to turn his robotics hobby into his profession and has started working for Robomatter, the makers of ROBOTC and Robot Virtual Words.