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April 15th, 2000 RoboRama.01a Results
Held at The Science Place, Fair Park, Dallas, TX
An estimated crowd of 175 were on hand to see the robots and watch the 12 robot contestants compete for prizes, glory, and self-satisfaction. This RoboRama included the Line Following, Quick Trip, T-Time, and Can Can contests. Many great prizes were donated by various companies and several of the local media were present to report on the event.
RoboRama 2000.a Contestants:
RoboRama 2000.a Can Can:
SR04 & MinitBot were the only contestants in the Can Can contest. SR04 collected 5 (almost 6) of the 6 soda cans strewn about the course earning 200 points and 1st place. MinitBot knocked over several, but collected none. Smart young James realized that would probably be good enough to place -- and with 48.6 points he did!
RoboRama 2000.a T-Time
Eye Reckon narrowly beat LegoBot to the finish line with a time of 61 seconds (vs. LegoBot's 64) resulting in a winning score of 114 points! LegoBot tried 2 different algorithms to see which resulted in a better score and came in 2nd place with 96.3 points. 3rd place MinitBot scored 70.3 points and completed the course in 154 seconds without touching any walls. The world premier (?) of Ortho of Borg, weighing in at 50+ pounds, mesmerized the crowd with sound effects including some sort of Borg-like scream. Ortho had a nice 1st run . . . except it didn't quite cross the line in Area B. On Ortho's 2nd run a critical drive motor smoked and the Borg's muscular transport team rushed into the arena for a rescue. Torbot was one of many "carpet casualties" and despite many valiant efforts either got stuck on unruly seams or became victim to the friction coefficient.
RoboRama 2000.a Quick Trip
Eye Reckon glided across the finish line in 40 seconds to take 1st place with a score of 101.3 points. LegoBot's best run came in at 47 seconds scoring 81 points and 2nd place. MinitBot coming in at 113 seconds, and a score of 51 points for 3rd place, narrowly beat out Mindstorms who came in at 52 seconds but did not get the 15 bonus points for avoiding walls. Mindstorms completed with a score of 44 points. Stately looking Jackbot marched down the course only to suffer from some sort of IR (?) hallucination and did not complete. Torbot gave the carpet a good enough fight to reach Area B, but was unable to make it back to the finish line. Even an all-nighter brain transplant the night before, a fancy snail body, and many last-minute tricks were not enough to help 1st time Robot, Snailbot (a.k.a. Robosnail), defeat the insatiable carpet monster.
RoboRama 2000.a Line Following
Eye Reckon's single big eye flawlessly tracked the line to complete in 66 seconds, scoring 120 points for 1st place. SR04, who completed in 73 seconds with a score of 105 points to get 2nd place, sported pincer mounted line-following sensors which were a big hit with the crowd. 3rd place went to the up-and-coming Growler who didn't complete but did score 14.6 points. Growbot and Snailbot both became early victims of the carpet and despite heroic efforts never could reach Area B. Robot 1 (another 1st time Robot) impressively launched itself down the course several times, easily recognized as the fasted on the track, but unfortunately quickly lost the line and unmercifully slammed into the crowd protection safety barriers -- keep an eye on this young 'Bot!
RoboRama 2000.a Special Awards
Youngest Builder: MinitBot - James Koffeman
Best Dressed Robot: Ortho of Borg - Dennis Draheim
My Robot Fried: Ortho of Borg - Dennis Draheim
Congratulations to All the Contestants, & Special Thanks to:
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