Sumo Robots Rumble

Tihmily Li, Communications Officer
For ten years, Ontario Tech University has hosted a robotics competition for elementary and high school students. Registered teams create an autonomous robot using a Lego Mindstorms robot kit. In this year's competition, Sumobots: Battle Royale, robots battled to push other robots off the stage or to immobilize other robots. There were 31 rounds, with eight robots competing at the same time. The winner from each match moved on to the final round of eight competitors.

Greenwood’s Computer Science club met every day after school for two weeks to build their robot. They created C.A.R.L.O.S. which stands for “Cool Autonomous Robot Learning with Orientational Sonar”. C.A.R.L.O.S. was designed to find other robots using a rotating ultrasonic sensor and then sweep those robots off the stage. 

The team arrived at Ontario Tech early Saturday morning on November 26 with C.A.R.L.O.S. neatly packed up. After registering, the team performed some tests to configure C.A.R.L.O.S.’s colour sensors correctly to the edge tape and table colours so it wouldn’t accidentally drive off the edge. While C.A.R.L.O.S. did not make it to the finals at Sumobots, the team had an excellent time and made many design notes for next year’s competition.
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