This year's theme was "Robot Explorers" and the competitors were challenged to create robots to explore parts of the world where human exploration is difficult. The elementary school teams created robots that would "dive for a pearl" (not really under water). The junior high school created robots to hunt for treasure and the high school teams created robots that could "climb mountains." There were also soccer matches and bowling teams. It was great fun to watch!
|Main stage with video screen showing competitions. Each team had a white booth and the competition took place at the front and back tables.|
|Event venue ... gold buildings were the "Souk" where the sponsors and robot enthusiasts had a booth. We spent at least 2 hrs checking out all the cool robots in this area.|
|Some girl from the Netherlands built this shark from Legos and programed it to move around the table and turn/backup when it bumps the edge or the fish. The girl couldn't have been more than 20 yrs old and this is a hobby for her!|
|The fish were remote controlled and the kids loved playing the game to keep the fish away from the shark! Super fun!!|
|A guy from Canada built this robot ... does it look like ET??|
|The same Canadian also built this R2D2. It took him a year to design and build. He sent it via DHL to the competition and it arrived in pieces! Took a team of 5 guys to put it together in 2 days for display at the competition.|
|Close up of R2D2|
Ken's favorite was the Rubik Cube solver. This man from the UK built a robot out of legos and programmed it with an iPhone to solve a Rubik cube in seconds. It was amazing!!! And apparently it's in the Guinness Book of World Records. It took him 3 months to build and program. There are some amazingly intelligent people in this world! Inspiring!! It solved one in less than 1.8 seconds. Watch the video if you don't believe me!
|Team China created a robot that responds to human movement. The high school student is wearing a suit and if he moves his right arm up, the robot will imitate the movement.|
|This team from Malaysia let the boys play with their creation. The robot was designed to maneuver over rocky terrain (over Nicholas' foot to demonstrate).|
|All eyes on the robot.|
Our final stop was with the virtual reality booths. Jaden's first virtual reality game. He had to "walk the plank." He loved it!
|This was a virtual welding machine in order to train people how to weld. Brilliant!!|