Category Archives: robotics

Lego NXT project update

Well, yes, it is a new year, and with it it brings a lot of changes. As Dr Rosie Thrupp’s contract at CQUniversity finished in October 2011, the Lego NXT research project has come to an end. However, this is not the end of Lego NXT in the Bundaberg district, as I am endeavouring to obtain access to a venue, prizes and support to continue running the challenges, and where possible, the holiday school workshops.

Should the competition go ahead, the theme of 2012’s challenges are most likely to be based on the ‘International Year of Sustainable Energy for All’, and as a result, be related to renewable energy.

Secondary Robotics Challenge

Well, the Secondary Robotics challenge is finally off the ground, and will be running as scheduled on the 5th of December (tomorrow). After a frantic last week of publicity and promotion in order to get sufficient numbers for the event to be feasible, we have guaranteed 3 teams, with at aleast another two teams expected to be there on the day. Not as many people as we were hoping for, but at least it’s a start, and the fewer numbers may actually be in our favour for this inaugural event.

TREK ’09 is over!

Well, I think that TREK for 2009 has been a success, and look forward to being involved in it next year. I had two people helping me with the documentary event, and it was very enjoyable. I had time to also go and see what some of the other events were doing, which was good. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, and although there was some confusion at times, there were no major problems that couldn’t be fixed at tie time. There was a small hiccup at the end, with the mayor arriving late, but we dealt with it.

Now we just need a ‘debrief’ meeting to discuss improvements and changes for next year, as well as the theme for next year, and starting to work out who will be running it.

TREK ’09

I’ll be busy today… running the Documentary event for the CQUniversity’s first annual Robotics Competition – TREK ’09. The students are expected to create a robotic animal, insect, arachnid, crustacean, or the like and then create a documentary about it. At the present time, this is all I know about this event, so it shall be interesting… especially considering the fact that it starts in just over an hour!