Day 45: Zero Robotics Competition

A few students asked me to advise an after school programming club. Most of these students took AP Computer Science last year and want to continue learning about computer science. Last spring, we competed in a local Java Programming competition, and this year they wanted to do more competitions. We decided to enter the Zero Robotics competition this fall. The competition is perfect for this group. It requires a combination of computer science, physics, and linear algebra. Today after school, we made our first submission for the competition. This video shows our “sphere” (i.e., the robot) avoid debris, capture the laser, and shoot the comet. (That’s all good stuff.) Our current submission ranks us 18th. We have six days to improve our algorithms!

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