The purpose of this lab is to climb real human size stairs with a robot using
the NXT and Lego set only. The robot will have to climb the staircase outside the REL
in the Newell Simon atrium. The grading will be based on how high you can carry a
golf ball up the stair case. Throwing is not allowed, but arms that are
attached to the robot are permitted. The location of the golf ball at the end
of the run will determine the stair the robot has reached. For the golf ball to be “on”
a stair, the entirety of the ball must have crossed the frontmost vertical plane of the stair.
Grading will take place on the staircase outside the REL in the Newell Simon atrium. There will be grading runs on both flights, followed by a head-to-head competition round, time permitting. Your grade will be based on the number of stairs your robot is able to climb, and has nothing to do with the actual place in the competition. Climbing 2+ stairs is worth full credit, regardless of competition performance.You will get 3 tries in a total of 3 minutes.
The competition is a head to head tournament, with brackets determined by the results of the grading. The robot that carries the ball to the nth highest point with be nth seed. In case of ties, the faster robot will win. The top four teams will be placed on the stair case in groups of two, and the robot that climbs the farthest in 1 minute will be the winner.