Summer School in Thailand: Competing Lego-robots
During her stay at the Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok, Prof. Dr. Dany Meyer from the Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences (HNU) taught a summer school course. 16 students had the opportunity to further their theoretical and practical knowledge of mechatronics.
How do we construct and program a Lego-robot to follow another robot along a given course and then repeat that course on its own? And do it faster than the robots built by the other teams? Which sensors do we need to make the robot start driving as soon as he is carrying a load? And how does he find new loads as quickly as possible? This was the challenge 16 students of the Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok faced. The competition was the final highlight of a five-day summer school. The participants ranked among the best engineering students of their year and were selected beforehand using a programming test. Prof. Meyer: "The students were very interested, ready to perform and creative – as you can easily see by their results. Each team found a solution using an original and individual approach." In the preceding theoretical and practical units, the students learned about multitasking, real-time operating systems and PID-controllers and how to use this knowledge in programs for mechatronic applications e.g. said Lego-robots. Prof. Meyer sums it up: "The robotics workshop was a huge success and fun for me as well as the students. My Thai colleagues were fantastic, amiable and really supportive."