First Place Winners:
Team: JUNRU (Jerry) Chen
School: Central Secondary School, London, ON
Robot: Automatic Irrigation Unit – Robotic Watering System (RSW)
The RWS consists of a commercially available hose and watering apparatus, the latter attached to digital servos allowing multidirectional movement. The servos are attached to a water and dust-proof case, held up by a tripod stand. Also attached to the case is a pressure sensor. Inside of a RWS is an arm-based microcontroller, which provides serial communication interfaces, allowing the RWS to communicate with sensors, the two digital servos and a human machine interface (HMI).
• The RWS employs an android-based HMI. On the HMI is a graphic user interface which allows the user to “see” and interpret data with increased facility and perform other functions such as uploading or downloading watering data and setting up watering schedules.
• The function of the RWS is to water any user-defined shape, and the purpose of the design is allowing this function while enhancing portability, autonomy, and flexibly.
Second Place Winners:
Team: Red Devils
School: Oakville Trafalgar High School, Oakville, ON
Robot: Disc Shooting, Tower Climibing, 6 Wheel Drive Tank
Out robot, Jebidiah, was designed to play the 2013 FIRST Robotic Competition game – Ultimate Ascent. Competing teams are put into alliances of three teams, and two alliances compete in each match. Robots need to shoot Frisbees and climb a tower to score points. Strategy is a very important aspect of our robot design because there are multiple ways a team can maximize their success in playing the game. One element of strategy is deciding the height to climb on the pyramid. You need not climb all the way to the third level; however, you maximize your scoring potential if you do. We chose to climb to the top because it would be a unique and challenging feature of our robot in the competition. We chose to climb on the outside corner of the pyramid because if other robots on our alliance wished to climb, there would be space at the top for all. For out shooter we decided to develop on arch style shooter, because on arch shooter maintains constant contact with the Frisbee ensuring consistent shots. Another challenge we faced was adhering to the FIRST game manual which outlines strict rules in terms of robot size, weight and number of components (motors, pneumatics, etc.) a team may use. All of the robots’ mechanisms must fit within the chassis frame perimeter of 112”. Our vision of expanded functions for Jebidiah includes aiding firefighters and rescue workers in delivering fire suppressants and supplies through the use of our shooter, climber and dumper
Third Place Winners:
Team: Robot Heads
School: St Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School, Oakville, ON
Robot: Automatic Cereal Dispenser
The Automatic Cereal Dispenser is a robot designed to deliver a bowl of cereal filled with one spoon, cereal and a liquid. It can do so on demand or on a schedule. It is composed of six sub-systems:
1. Primary Structure: Cereal dispensing and weighing; cereal transport within the system and air pressure generation
2. Electric and Electronic Components: Programmable Controllers, Sensors, and Motors
3. Liquid Delivery: Fridge Assembly, Temperature Monitoring and Piping
4. Software: Control Programs
5. Calibration Procedures: Weight, Liquid and
6. Table Transport: Cereal Bowl transport on table (remote controlled)
Fourth Place Winners:
Team: Parguzat Kahar
School: Gloucester High School, Ottawa, ON
Robot: Command Centre – Scouting, Spying and UAV Launching
The robot features:
• 4 wheels driving system. The function of the design is to allow smooth and balanced trips.
• Camera with infrared light for night mode. Allows people to drive at night.
• Robotic arm (RAI) to pick up items. Allows easy control as well as human’s arm.
• UAV/Rocket Launcher. Allows the user to launch the UAV from the robot by the remote control and the UAV can also send the real time video feedback to the ground control station.