IDC Robocon – Day 1 – Indiana Jones contest theme

9 Jul

By Zuda Ng ‘Olé’ (Hello) people!

Polytechnic of University of Sao Paulo

Polytechnic of University of Sao Paulo

IDC Robocon 2013 officially kicked off today! We arrived at Escola Politécnica da USP (Escola Polytechnic of University of Sao Paulo) early in the morning full of hope and anticipation! The day started with an introduction of IDC Robocon followed by a meet-and-greet session of the participants according to the country they represent.

Professors of USP welcoming us

Professors of USP welcoming us

The anticipating participants were then revealed with the theme of this year’s contest. Ta-dah! Indiana-Jones!! robo00_20130710-070207 Our competition course was set as an adventure of Indiana Jones in seek of “treasures” and the “meaning” of life. The course instructor presented to us the competition course and the basic rules. robo00_20130710-070333 This is the actual close-up of the competition course! It was divided into 3 segments the cave, riverway and the treasure obstacles. robo00_995902_662971497064468_1780128430_n

In the next 11 days we have to deliver 3 mechanisms that are made up of 2 ground robots and a boat/amphibious vehicle. We spent the rest of the day thinking of the direction of our team and key strategies.
We were given Kits and Tools to get our hands dirty

We were given Kits and Tools to get our hands dirty

Our kind host assisted us by providing us with a set of suggested kits and tools that was sufficient to provide the basic functionalities of working robots. We were supplied with electronics such as Motors, Arduino Microcontroller and Servos for the robots, and planks of wood , metal casing and metal rods for our robots’ structures. Teams were given the opportunity to do site survey of the actual course, so that, they can get the best insight they could in preparation for the actual face-off day!

Teams are doing site recce

Teams are doing site recce

They are altogether 8 teams. Each team consists of 5 to 6 students of different nationalities. SUTD students were splitted into the red, blue, green and grey groups joining friends from China, Brazil, France, Morocco, Japán, Korea and Thailand.
Ann and her Red team teammates

Ann and her Red team teammates

Jared in action with the Greys

Jared in action with the Greys

Glenn is working with the Green team (Not quite)

Glenn is working with the Green team (Not quite)

My teammates from left to right (myself, Victor, Youssef , Zhixing , Mai)

My teammates from left to right (myself, Victor, Youssef , Zhixing , Mai)

I am in the blue team with the native Victor, Moroccan Computer Scientist Youssef, Chinese Mechanical phenomenon Zhixing and the merry-making Mai. We had a good start, getting to know each other better!

Welcome Party´s Games

Welcome Party´s Games

The welcome party was conducted in a competitive manner. Teams were given the chance to earn perks for their robots if they excelled in Brazil studies, Logics and Physical Activities. Useful add-ons such as Sonar Sensors, Wheels and Servos were up for grabs! We had a great time there! The day ended with a hearty dinner of sandwiches and traditional Brazilian candies. It was 8pm by the time the party ended but I was already knackered. A good sleep was all I want! Look out for Day 2 & 3 updates!

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