Event: UBC Buiild-bots competition
Date/time: Thursday, August 2nd, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Hennings Bldg., Rm. 200, 6224 Agricultural Road
For a map, visit: http://www.maps.ubc.ca/?652
Visuals: Student-designed automated robots race to stack wooden blocks about the size of Rubic’s Cubes. Students and instructor will be available for interviews. Set up space will be available for TV cameras.
The 12th Annual UBC Engineering Physics Robot Competition pits 15 student teams’ robots that must grab and place wooden blocks into stacks of up to five high without any human control.
At UBC Engineering Physics’ in-house prototyping facility, the students drew on electronics, mechanics and computer programs to design and build a fully functional, autonomous “Build-bot” prototype within five weeks.
They used tools common to the robotics industry, including 3-D printing to manufacture critical plastic pieces for their robots, laser cutting to fabricate structures in plastic and wood and waterjet cutting to shape sheet metal for the robot body.
Since 2001, more than 500 UBC Engineering Physics students have taken this hands-on prototyping challenge as part of their academic program with previous competitions such as Rescue-bots, Hockey-bots, Doctor-bots and Police-Bots.