Fast and curious

Nov. 27, 2019 | After a week of prototyping and building, the Robotics class finally put their racing robots to the test.

Form IV Robotics has come a long way since their first doodling robots in the fall. This afternoon's robot races in the student centre had teams of two revving up their Lego Mindstorms robots to determine the overall fastest build. The group spent most of last week building their designs, which incorporated the course concepts of gears and structural integrity. Some vehicles fared well in today's races, others succumbed to what engineers call 'rapid unscheduled disassembly.' After a few races, the teams took advantage of a much-needed mid-competition pit stop at the parts bin to rebuild and improve their designs. Many of the races were extremely close and few mid-race catastrophes even saw the underdogs take the lead. In the end, Duru and Michael's design came out on top, which they attribute to their use of a large gear ratio and oversized wheels. With today's competition under their belts, students will be returning to class to learn more about programming their robots to create increasingly complex creations. Turing test, here we come!

To see more photos of the race, be sure to check out our Flickr page using the link on the Resource Board.
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Bishop's College School is an independent English-language boarding and day school for grades 7 to 12 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.