18-19 Rover Ruckus
Team: Matthew, Elijah, Abby, Zach, Nathan L, Josh, Nathan R Coaches/Mentors: Nick, Jennifer, Warren, Jeff, Charles, Scott
In Rover Ruckus, teams compete to score points by scanning Glyphs into Cryptoboxes, transferring Relics to the Recovery Zone, retrieving Jewels, balancing on the Balancing Stones, and collecting Minerals to place into the cargo holds of a lander.
Key game elements
Minerals (yellow cubes and white spheres)
Need to quickly lift and lower the robot from the lander
Need to accurately detect the yellow mineral
Need to reduce the time between collecting minerals and delivering to lander
Need to accurately sort the minerals into the correct side of the lander
The robot is attached to the lander by a metal hook. The hook is attached to a rack-and-pinion slide mechanism powered by two motors to raise/lower the robot very quickly.
A webcam is mounted to the front of the robot to detect the yellow/cube mineral. This enables the autonomous program to identify the correct placement of that mineral.
Two arms extend forward to collect minerals from the crater. The same arms are able to rotate over the top of the robot so that minerals can be deposited without having to turn the robot.
The sorting box
A custom 3D-printed collection box has two different sized openings to deposit the minerals. The box is angled in a way that when properly positioned, the robot may deliver minerals of both types to the correct location with a single move.