Project Name: Drag Racer Controlled by: Remote Control Programming Difficulty: Easy Construction Difficulty: Medium General Comment. This is a very popular activity
Rules FOR STUDENTS
You must use: -1 EV3 brick -Up to 3 motors -1 colour sensor -a Tablet or Phone with the 'COMMANDER' app installed.
You must: Build a robot that can win lots of battles against other robots by knocking them out of a circular arena. Your robot must be remote controlled Your robot MUST be designed so it can do a 360 degree turn before contacting another robot.
Tips For students
Tip: The stronger your robot, the better it will survive collisions. You won't win if your wheels or motors fall off! Tip: Add a third motor to create a weapon.
Grading option: Often battles depend on a bit of luck, so instead of a knock-out competition it is good to reward kids who are brave enough to battle as soon as they are ready. Make a copy of this Google Sheet to keep track of wins, losses and draws. Students get 1 point for a loss, 2 points for a draw, 3 points for a win. As with all my sheets, you need to go to FILE and MAKE A COPY. Then only fill in the yellow cells. It's helpful to put a two minute limit on battles.
Additional Equipment needed. Sumo wrestling arena. You'll have to make one of these yourself. I just got a large square of chipboard (or MDF) and drew a circle with a pencil and string, (string the length of radius). I then cut the circle with a jig-saw. Ideal size is about 120 cm diameter. The outer white ring should be about 10cm. Sounds like a lot of work? The one I made has been with me for 10 years!
This is a pretty old clip using NXT mindstorms, but it can show how much fun remote controlled Sumo can be.
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