My Stem Summer Camp!
From July 30th to August 3rd I had a robotics summer camp at Uber, my dad’s office in San Francisco. For the whole week my morning schedule was to my dad’s office and walk to the Van Ness metro station. Since I have never been to the metro it was pretty exciting. We took the metro to Montgomery station. The metro gets a little crowded so we have to cram in. Thankfully the ride is not long, and also both stations are right in front of both of both of my dad’s offices. Oh yeah I forgot to mention my dad has two offices.
The first day I was kind of nervous because there were at least 35 other kids in there, but then I realized there were groups and I didn’t have to memorize everybody’s names. Our first challenge was to make a robot to compete in a sumo wrestling competition. The first robot to win 2 out of 3 rounds advanced to the finals So that our robot would not pass the blue line. First we had to make the base for our robot and for that we had instructions. Then we had to make our defense and weapons. I did all the main stuff like make the drill and the base while my partner, Noami did all the add-ons like make the wall. We decided to take inspiration from the group next to us and do a drill. We made a bunch of attachments like walls and mini drills to make a killer robot. Or it would be a killer robot if we hadn’t used the whole day and if our robot would even sense the blue tape! We figured we would fix it tomorrow. We rode the metro back to my dad’s other office and we stayed there for 30 minutes. Sitting there I designed what I want my future sumo robot to look like.
Today we did the same thing in the morning and took the metro. Today was the day the sumo contest took place. I was nervous and not only worried about the color sensor, but also about that the drill was leaning down. I came up with a better idea to to make a shovel like shape to go up and smash down on the opponent’s robot. I did it but it was flimsy too and kept on breaking, but unfortunately I didn’t have time to fix it. The tournament started and our robot wasn’t ready. We played 4th on the list and there were 16 teams. We played the death-drillers and by the way our team name was ‘The Evos’. The ten minutes I waited until our turn were the longest ten minutes of my life! It felt like an hour. Finally our turn came but we lost two rounds straight and were out. It didn’t matter though we had lots of fun. I watched until it came down to the finals. The two teams were Donald Trump and Uber Woodpecker. And Uber Woodpecker won! I can’t wait until tomorrow’s space challenge!
Today I got late coming to camp so I didn’t know what the space challenge was about. But my counselor told me. There are these challenges and you have to do at least two of the challenges we decided to do the one when you save the msr rover from the a hill.
We programmed to turn in It was one of the easy challenges and it only took a few hours to design the robot, but the thing that grabs the rover and pulls it back to base would go to the edge of the ramp sometimes. So I had to redesign the robot so the thing that grabs the rover is bigger so there is a bigger chance our robot will grab the rover. Once we perfected it we did our other challenge. Originally thought we were going to do one challenge but then decided to the one you have to spin the wheel to make a satellite open up.
We spent the day working on it, but couldn’t find a way to accurately make the robot go forward without turning to much or too less. But unfortunately it was the end of the day and we didn’t have time. We took the metro ride back to my dad’s other office and went home.
Today I was pretty nervous because it was only yesterday I heard that tomorrow we will have to present our robot to 30 parents. So I got pretty stressed out. We worked as much as we could but it still wouldn’t work. We decided to put a sensor to make it go straight but that wouldn’t work either. We decided to a different challenge. So we did the one you have to rescue the white astronaut and bring him back to base. But the catch is that there is an orange astronaut, and if you get the orange one you lose. It took me a lot of time to make the attachment, but I did it. We wrote the program, but we didn’t have the time to test it out because the counselors apparently had something to show us. It was that they had a lego robotics team (Cardinal Biotics) that had competed in the world championships. They told some stuff about themselves and told us about the ‘First Robotics Competition’. After that we took a short break at my dad’s other office and went home.
Today I am more nervous I ever been at this camp because we only have one working program. We did as much as we could changing the program about a bajillion times, if bajillion is a word. If not, oh well… Whatever let’s get back to the blog. It came down to the last 30 minutes when I decided to do a new challenge! I know 30 minutes! That is bizarre right! So I changed the challenge. To one you push a button and a satellite goes up. So basically it is going forward one foot, turning. And going back super easy and we did it. It only took 10 minutes and it actually worked!
All the parents started arriving and thankfully we were last because my dad was going to come late. I waited listening to everyones space challenges. The older kids were all doing real life lessons. So all of them chose self driving cars. They got pretty boring. My dad still wasn’t here and I started freaking out. Then finally just before our turn my dad came.
We went up there, and tried to save the rover. After all our hard work and testing it actually missed and only by like a cm! We tried our other challenge and the challenge we actually did in the last 15 minutes was actually a success. Ours was actually the last one. The counselors actually got the robot that participated in the frc and I got to see it. It was cool. After that my dad bought me a Cardinal Biotics hat for me and I have been wearing it ever since. We took the metro back for a break at my dad’s office. It felt sad taking the metro for the last time. I actually liked taking the metro. Finally after a long stressful week we went home.