College - Author 1
College of Engineering
Department - Author 1
Computer Engineering Department
Degree Name - Author 1
BS in Computer Engineering
Our goal for this senior project was to create a competitive robot designed to com- pete in Roborodentia 2019. Our project started during the Winter 2019 quarter, and ended with the competition on May 18, 2019. During that time, we developed an accurate solenoid shooting mechanism, an elevated conveyor belt to carry poker chips, and a servo arm to scoop in stacks of poker chips. These hardware compo- nents were attached to a circular differential-drive wooden base designed to be easy to control. We also planned out our match strategy and implemented this strategy with software written in C/Wiring to program our Arduino Mega.
The competition consisted of 4 other teams, each with very different approaches to the problem. We named our robot Soul Annoyed, due to our solenoid-based shooting mechanism. We competed in a double elimination match bracket, and won every round, claiming first place. However, two matches were very close, and we realized that being the best robot was not just about having a winning strategy, it was perhaps more important that the robot could execute any strategy reliably and efficiently.