Lego is not just a game for kids. Lego is a science in itself. At least when you build robots out of it and breathe life into them with the help of a computer program. In the rough competition – the first-lego league – three of the 14 teams from all over upper franconia and the upper palatinate came from kronach.
Boris zhou (15), the team leader of the "robolutions of the kaspar-zeub-gymnasium tufted with his men still behind the scenes. "One of us is sick. There are usually eight of us, but today there are only seven.", he said. But the team was not discouraged. "The first run went decently, the second run we actually scored a lot of points, but the field got loose and the robot got stuck", zhou drew a balance. And that's why the tactic of getting all the things ready and then pushing them into the right zones in the last run didn't work at all.
"We only have 73 points, otherwise we might have scored 350", zhou argued. But nothing was lost yet, because with the "subtle result" the first run was "robolution immediately on place one.
Chance thunderstorm in the third run
"We are betting on the third run. Then it goes further", meanwhile daniel lenhardt (15) gave out the password and programmed and programmed. "Our problem is that the playing field is misaligned. It should be facing south, but it's facing northwest," he said, he explained. To be able to react quickly, the students of kaspar-zeub-gymnasium (KZG) used a trick of the trade. They used programming for the brand new generation of robots. "It also runs on the old hardware, said lenhardt and showed the new controls, which are of course much more advanced.
The course, which had to be traversed with the robot, was about natural disasters and their consequences. The schoolchildren had to deal with collapsing houses, roof sections lying around, loose cables and frightened people who had to be moved to certain zones on the playing field. They had to rescue dogs and cats. Even an airplane was used when everything worked out. Because, of course, the robot also had to make sure that the plane was moving.
"It's our turn now", yanneck geiger gave out the slogan. With a lego box, which also contained the robots, they were already waiting at the competition game plan. Referee thomas pich still wrote down the points of the competitors. "It's such a mediocre level. But the tasks are also particularly difficult this year", the impartial man put his mabi enthusiasm into perspective.
Presentations on civil protection
Meanwhile, in another room the presentations were given. It was all about disaster control. Erwin burger, head of the disaster control department at the district office of kulmbach, martin latz from the DLRG and matthias goletz from THW saben in the jury. "So some of the things that were presented were just tremendous. We heard a presentation about a floating house that reacts flexibly to the water level. And the students even thought about what happens to the mud during floods and what happens to the current and what those factors can do.", swarmed martin latz.
"Some people have great ideas, but the dimensions in which the students think are sometimes a bit too small. A group developed a model of how to react when vesuvius erupts. You had to channel the lava. But that would not be feasible now – with our current materials and from the outset", said goletz and saw above all spatial problems in the solution plan.
"What i liked was that the students covered all the topics: floods, forest fires, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and also diseases after natural disasters", erwin burger remarked. However, the head of the disaster control department was surprised that the already existing rescue facilities did not play any role at all in some papers.
In the meantime, in the main room of the youth center alte spinnerei, further elimination runs were taking place under cover. The "black bots" team from kronach also came from the kaspar-zeub high school. "We prepared together, but we are competitors in the competition," says gertrud drebel, said paul steinke (15) about the two KZG teams.
"We also have the problem that the playing field is oriented differently," hebendanz noted, he complained. But that was all possible and within the realm of the rules. "You just have to take such unforeseen things into account", said arbitrator thomas pich.
The wheels should make the difference
The third group from kronach were the "franken bots" from frankenwald high school. "Our robot has two wheels. The rear wheels don't have rubber tires yet, so they slide around quickly, and the robot is very maneuverable. But ours is also stable," said, michael geiber from frankenwald high school hoped for success. The schoolchildren had chosen extra coarse wheels so that the robot could reach a certain speed.
Many up-and-coming robot builders had brought fans or parents with them. And the spectators were without exception stunned by the spectacle.