This time, with an edit, we have a title!

Hello all!
Firstly, thank you to our followers and viewers. I was so glad to meet some of our followers on Sunday (Tom especially 🙂 – and congrats on the win btw! We were cheering you loads!)

We’ve finished. That’s it! It’s…over. *sniffs*
But! Such exciting news for y’all! Here’s the scores!

1st for Skittles!
1st for Artistic Merit!
3rd in the Minimal Maze (could I also just point out that no intermediates managed this, so very happy with this success!)
3rd in the Line Following (this was, um, difficult, so also super-happy with this success!)
Jumbot also got a special mention for innovation.

However, the most exciting thing is, is that we came third in the beginner’s section overall with 245 points!!!

Also busy editing our movies 🙂 you will all get to meet our lovely characters soon, I promise!

See ya!
THE PiONEERS
PS We have photo’s also, obviously 🙂

Are we nearly there yet? Just a few more challenges to go!

Phew! Getting there…

Sadly, we didn’t make it through Round 2 of PiWars…we kind of, um,
((breaks into song and quickly hushes at weird looks from others around))
lost a wheel 😦
And although Spencer was driving, it definitely wasn’t his fault this time.

So just Skittles and Obstacle Course to go! It’s a really good atmosphere here; people are friendly and smile lots! Okay, there’s definitely high competitive feelings, but good ones.

Have taken photo’s of our friends…and am patiently waiting for my connection to speed up so I can post them for you guys.

In the meantime, another song for y’all:
To the tune of Bob the Builder – for the Obstacle Course
“Schrödingboppers
Can they do it?
Schrödingboppers,
YES THEY CAN!”

ARGH!

Issues.

Problems.

Troubles.

Difficulties.

Suffering.

Pain.

Disasters.

Et cetera.

We are having struggles with our PS3 controllers. Probably because everyone is using PS3 controllers and the robots don’t know who to choose to connect with!
Schrödingbot, let me give you a piece of advice: PICK OUR CONTROLLER!

But Tim says, we can use a wire to connect from the controller to the ‘bot, if we’d like. Which we might potentially do, but actually, things might be working. We kind of had to miss our golf slot, so going to fit into someone else’s somewhere.

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about telling you how the other three tests have gone, I’m going to do that a bit later in our two-hour (much-needed) break.

We also have videos!
Til later!
THE PiONEERS

(Just running off to golf now! GO, GOPHER, GO!)

As promised…

I said to a lot of people that I would blog as the day goes along, so here comes the first of many? Some? Who knows!

Here’s our timetable for today, for those who know my enjoyment of organisation.
10h45 – Minimal Maze
11h00 – Line Follower
11h25 – Slightly Deranged Golf
11h40 – Straight Line Speed Test
12h40 – PiNoon Round 2 (on bye – this means, there wasn’t the right number of teams so we automatically went through to Round 2. We get no points for the missed round…but we still get to compete!)
14h00 – PiNoon Round 3 (if we get through Round 2)
16h15 – Obstacle Course
16h30 – Skittles
16h50 – PiNoon Quarter Final (if we get through Round 3)
16h55 – PiNoon Semi Final 1 (if we get through Quarter Finals)
17h05 – PiNoon Final (if we succeed in the finals)

Between 12h30 and 14h30 we can go to get judged on technical merit, artistic style and funniest robot.

On a side note, last night C and I came up with songs for each challenge.

I’ll give you the Maze one because…because we’re getting ready to go for it!
To the tune of Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
“Chestnut racing through the minimal maze,
Try not to crash through all the walls…
Mighty Meerkat, there’s only one way
To stand strong and ta-a-a-all.”

😀 Til later!
THE PiONEERS

Last Minute Necessities and Late Night Nerves!

Interesting day today!

We had a good car trip down. Wait, no. Up. Cambridge is up from us.

Anyway! We saw the school’s teams compete and some were very good! I’m probably the most worried about…hm. Well, the obstacle course looked super-challenging.

But, as Spencer just commented, he’s the most worried about ‘things working’. So things are working, so-to-speak, but it’s just the little details. I’m not sure. You know what it’s like, things just go slightly off, or wrong, or break…

Llewelyn says ‘aaaaargh!!!!!’ It’s frustrating right now. Automata or something isn’t working :/

Jacques is ‘on his best behaviour and he’s not commenting’.
Wait! “I know why it’s not working. The power to the chip isn’t connected!”

YESSSS! Sorted. Maybe.

C says, “Tape on your toes tickles…” Mmhmm. I guess she knows from experience, because there’s tape on her toes right now.

M has decided to reconsider his career in technology…! Despite electric shocks, perhaps an electrician would be less frustrating.

Excursion-wise, we have only had to make one trip to B&Q, so not doing too badly 🙂

The name tags are done, and all interesting photos are at the bottom of this post!

Til tomorrow!!!

Argh! So excited and nervous and excited and competitive and excited and tired and excited…and, did I mention excited?

Well. Til then,

THE PiONEERS bid you, goodnight!

PS Always check your cabling…

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While we’re waiting…

I’m busy waiting on Jacques for a guest post. That is, if he’d still like to write one.

In the meantime, however, I thought I’d just ramble about our…um…clothing.
So, we haven’t really got a plan of action ((gasps!)), but this is what I think could work. If we all wear blue jeans and a coloured top/t-shirt, then we’ll all look similar. Also! Thanks to Spencer, we have super-cool name tags, which I’m busy making now. Well. Not right now, considering I’m typing this, but just before that’s what I was doing.

Til later!
See ya soon!

Looong post, with lots of musings…

I love lists. I make lists for almost everything. Maybe even everything. Probably everything. This is a bit of a thoughtful post…as in I’m typing as I’m thinking. Yes, this is a thing. It’s called…um…typking? Or thinkyping? Or thinkping? I’m sorry if this is boring you. I’ll move on.

So. Lists.
I’m going to list the challenges and explain how things are going.

Straight-Line Speed Test
I’ll admit, I haven’t actually seen this happen, but I know Schrödingbot is a fairly fast robot, so if the sensors are good, then we’ll hopefully finish that race. We definitely have a friend for this test…our newest member, Turbot the Snail 🙂

Minimal Maze
So I’m fairly clued-up on this one because it’s being solved at my house at least four times a day. I think at last look we were getting through the maze with only a few wall touches. But then Jacques attempted to make the sensors a nice house, so Schrödingbot looked nice, but that didn’t turn out as well as hoped. So back to…square 62? Or something. We’ve done a lot of testing on this maze one. Did you meet this friend? I think you did, it’s Chestnut the Meerkat. I can’t wait for you to actually meet these members for real. If you’re not going to be in Cambridge, never fear, I shall no doubt be live-blogging. Or something.

Line Following
From the video (which will hopefully go on to YouTube at some point), Schrödingbot looks awesome doing this! Sometimes it’s quite funny, because he’ll be going along quite happily and suddenly become overloaded. So he does the same thing he’d done last time he managed to sense the black line until he re-sees the line. But actually it’s very promising. Our friend here is Sniffles, our Dalmatian.

Obstacle Course
Well. There’s not too much to say on this one because a) we don’t know which obstacles we’re facing, so we can only hope, and b) it’s remote-controlled. But we tried out the remote control on Saturday which seemed to work well. It’s quite fancy – it even has fast speeds and slow speeds! (At least, I think it’s pretty cool. It’s better than my driving – in a car – which, let’s be honest, hasn’t happened yet despite the encouragement that I seem to be getting from everyone!).

Skittles
Ooh! I am literally super-excited about this one! I love our pal for this challenge. Thanks to Tom, he has a name: Jumbot the Skittlephant. Shh, don’t tell the friends because I don’t want to offend them, but Jumbot may be my favourite. I think we have a promising run with this challenge. I am so looking forward to it!

Slightly-Deranged Golf (or so it’s called)
Ummm, ((tries to remember)) oh yes! Our friend for this challenge is Gopher the Mole. ((giggles)) – please let me know if that also makes you laugh. It’s just…so funny! Because a gopher is a gopher and a mole is a mole, but our mole is called Gopher. Well. Maybe it’s not hilarious so to speak…but it’s funny anyway. The actual golfing is…being worked on. Yes, that’s it. A work in progress.

Pi Noon – the Robot vs Robot Duel
What is there to do? Besides having a good driver (ahem! Not me!) and a reliable remote control…I think nothing else. So we’re practically sorted…and design-wise, we’re also sorted! Guys, if you have a chance to see our robot doing this challenge, please, please come! I love our friends (The Schrödingboppers) for this challenge. Now they’re hilarious, especially considering they’ve recently been personalised. Remember how each one was one of us kids? Well now it can be seen who is who!

So that’s all the challenges! And our progress, as far as I know it to be. I’m feeling very relaxed about the whole thing (which might be more than some of the others could say!) as I’m just so excited. All that’s left for me is to blog, post videos and make a bumper sticker 🙂

See you sooooooon!
Here we come…
THE PiONEERS