We’ve just finished IAP, MIT’s one-month period where students can choose to do anything, and as usually, it is the busiest time of the year. Students can take awesome classes (Trash can drumming, Astronomy field camp, Truffle-making class), participate in programming competitions, learn new languages, and partake in multiple PE classes. Me? For the past two IAPs, I’ve done MASLAB, an autonomous robotics competition where teams of 4 or 5 students cram to build a robot in a month. And it’s awesome (note: this is subjective. My sleep would disagree). Not only does it present programming challenges (as would programming any autonomous robot), MASLAB is the only IAP robotics competition where I can unleash my rapid prototyping and machine shop skills (note: actual materials, not legos), and when designing the robot, we have to consider assembly and integration with hardware. It’s fun, and it’s definitely rewarding. Feel free to peruse our final paper (and journals!) listed below. This year, we won second place and a $1000 check. The team was awesome. MASLAB 2014 Final Paper: http://maslab.mit.edu/2014/wiki/Team_Three/Final_Paper MASLAB 2013 Final Paper: http://maslab.mit.edu/2013/wiki/Team_Twelve/Final_Paper Some short details (and pictures!) about our 2014 robot that won second.
Collection: Rubber band roller
Transport: Archimedes Screw
Scoring: 2 collection hoppers (one for red balls, one for green balls) with different servo-controlled release mechanisms. There are two ramps for scoring in the 2 reactor ports.
After the competition, now that we had access to a lasercutter, Kath and I decided to make little memorandums for our team. Yay laser cutter being able to raster pictures. It’s currently hanging on our door 🙂