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LEGO Robots

I just finished a semester at school last week. This week, my next semester at school has already started. This semester is a lot shorter than the previous two, only five weeks. During my last semester I was taking 7 courses; the courses were OO Programming in C, Procedural Programming in C, Computer Architecture and Design, Relational Database, Business Communication 2, Discrete Math, and PE. I know the PE one is pretty funny especially because I’m a very committed climber. Although I’ve talked with the associate dean, I cannot get that course exempt. All in all, that semester went pretty well, and I hopefully retained a pretty good GPA. This semester is a bit different in school, it’s a projects semester. The projects semester is supposed to be a big 5 week project done in groups of at least 5. This semester we’re more or less competing in the First Lego League. This league is usually done by students in high school. To make this project harder for us, they’ve added “missions” and made some of the existing ones harder. On top of that, we’re also hard coding the program ourselves. In the regular league, the teams use a drag and drop program to program their robots, we’ll be using the programming language “Java” to program our robots. In the whole semester, everything we build MUST be made of LEGO. So basically, I get to play with LEGO and program it for the next 5 weeks. We have 5 weeks and this is the end of the first one. Next Monday we’ll be receiving our actual robot. The robot itself is going to come with about 100 different LEGO parts and we’ll be able to add 50 extra parts ourselves. The robot, by the end of the 5 weeks, will compete in a tournament against the other groups in the CST program at BCIT. When my semester ends, I’ll be taking off to Europe. I’ll be posting about my trip shortly. I’ve decided that this year I’ll be attending the World Cup in Vail to kick start my season. Although school has interfered with my training, hopefully I’ll be in competition mode by June.

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    sounds great! good luck with your robot and climbing. keep us posted on your progress.

    best wishes from the frankenjura, germany


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