Update: RoboCup team brings home honors

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BSM RoboCup team members, clockwise from left, Claire Leiter, Patrick Black, Drew Frenz, Alesandro Cecere and Kelsey Hennen. (Photo courtesy of Benilde-St. Margaret’s)

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a Benilde-St. Margaret’s team heading to the 2010 RoboCup junior contest June 19-25 in Singapore. Team members from the St. Louis Park, Minn., school did well — earning first-, third- and fourth-place finishes in various competitive categories.

They earned the top award for Technical Presentation — an overall assessment of the team’s knowledge, preparation and robot.

In an entry on the team’s blog, instructor Timothy Jump said, “Essentially, the judges came to me and told me our team was the epitome of where the organization wants to move RoboCup Jr. Rescue.

“We had the only robot significantly self-designed and self-fabricated,” he added. “We were significantly ahead of the entire field in our knowledge of the different engineering concepts (mechanical, electrical, design and control). We had the only true technical paper and [were] the only team with CAD [computer-aided design] drawings done by our students and not just downloaded from some manufacturer’s website. The judge even had to show me his scorecard because he had never given perfect scores before.”

In the Super Teams Challenge, BSM partnered with a German team. The combined team was in a three-way tie for first but eventually was awarded third place after a tie-breaker based on speed.

BSM finished fourth for the Performance Award.

The students were competing in the RoboCup Search and Rescue League, in which participants design and program robots to enter mock disaster scenes and search for victims using advanced technology, such as thermal sensors and infrared cameras.

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