My son, Aaron, and two of his school friends from All Saints College have been spending many hours during breaks and after school working on a Lego robot for the Australian Robocup Junior Rescue Premier competition.
Last weekend, their team (called Clever.bat) won the State competition for the Rescue Premier League. The challenge is to build a robot that can navigate a random path (the black line) avoiding obstacles, going over bridges and taking shortcuts (marked by green squares) when possible. Eventually arriving at a chemical spill (green area), where the robot must locate a person (silver can) and carry them to safety (red block).
Here is the link to the Robocup WA 2010 Finalists who now have the opportunity to compete in the national finals.
20-Sep-2010: Update: After competing in the national titles in Canberra, Aaron and his Clever.bat teammates came in fifth overall. Next year they can aim for first..... and make their robot faster. It was able to achieve everything it needed to, but went over the time limit.