Raspberry Pi – Science Olympiad ‘Robocross’ – 3rd Place

Using the Raspberry Pi and Adafruit 16 channel servo driver, I was able to construct a robocross for Science Olympiad. A robocross is a remote vehicle capable of picking up and manipulating various objects across a playing field. This robocross is controlled over bluetooth via a ps3 controller and bluetooth dongle. I’m very happy with the results, as I won a 3rd place medal at Science Olympiad State Competition! Video:

Science Olympiad – Boomilever #2

My next boomilever. I added more bracing, and used 1/8 inch by 1/8 inch balsa wood (thicker than used on #1). Yet to be tested, I will update with results.

UPDATE: The boomilever weighs 6 grams, and held 2.5 kilograms, giving it an efficiency score of about 410. It broke where the balsa comes out of the base, it snapped that length of balsa in half. I will sandwich that area with another piece of wood to make it stronger.

Science Olympiad – Boomilever #1

Here is my first version of boomilever for this year’s science olympiad. I weighs 9.3 grams, but it only supported 1.5 kilograms giving it an efficiency score of 161 (weight held divided by weight). A good score would be above 1000. The main flaw was that the two sides of the boomilever were not braced together, allowing it to bow out and split. My next design will most likely have more braces. Pictures: