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KANSAS BEST

2006: Laundry Quandary

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Game Description
After recent successful missions dealing with medical sciences and satellite repair, BEST Robotics, Inc (BRI) is returning to earth to launch a new Domestic Division (D2). The D2 is in a prime market position to take advantage of the recent growth in home automation technology. The competitive nature of the fast growing automation market requires the D2 to be extremely responsive and turn out its first product in only six weeks. Several potential automation products were studied including new products for the existing robot vacuum and robot lawn mower markets. After countless late-night brainstorming sessions and a careful review of potential market penetration, it was determined that a domestic laundry-handling robot would be readily accepted in households around the world. The initial product offering is intended to simplify laundry handling, while saving energy and providing a fresh outdoor scent to the fabric. The robot to be developed must be able to transport, hang, and retrieve laundry to allow drying on an outdoor clothesline. Shipping and storage requirements dictate that the robot must be within certain size and weight constraints. Consumers dislike having to put together purchased items; therefore, the robot must require no assembly by the end-user and be ready to use as delivered. Because of business partnerships with existing suppliers, the materials that can be used to construct the robot are severely limited. The time, material, and performance requirements have left the BRI D2 product development team short-handed on the resources needed to complete the project, so BRI needs external robot development teams to help solve the Laundry Quandary.

The objective is to design and build a remotely controlled device to retrieve "dry" laundry from clotheslines and place "wet" laundry on clotheslines within the 3-minute time limit. The field consists of the central gazebo structure that is surrounded by four backyards each containing four clotheslines of varying height. Along the outer border there are four back porches that are isolated from the yard areas with doors that swing out into the yard and close automatically.

Event Details
Kickoff, September 9, 2006 (Kick Off Day Pictures)
Wichita State University, Wichita Kansas

Mall Day, October 14, 2006 (Mall Day Pictures)
Towne West Mall, Wichita Kansas

Game Day, October 21, 2006
Charles Koch Arena
Wichita State University, Wichita Kansas

 

Game Day Results (Game Day Pictures)
BEST Award
1st Wichita Home School
2nd Johnson County Home School
3rd Circle High School

Game Results
1st Ambassadors for Christ Academy
2nd Circle High School
3rd Andale High School

Special Awards
The Boeing Creativity Award - Ambassadors for Christ
The LSI Logic Most Robust Design Award - Circle High School
The Raytheon Aircraft Craftsmanship Award - Wichita West High School
The Cessna Teamwork Award - Circle High School
The Sportsmanship Award - Rose Hill High School

 

 

Frontier Trails BEST Regional Competition
Fort Smith, AR
November 3-4, 2006

BEST Award
1st Wichita Home School
2nd Circle High School
3rd Lebanon High School

Game Results
1st Ambassadors for Christ Academy
2nd Wichita Home School
3rd Circle High School

Special Awards (KS BEST Teams)
Most Robust Robot 1st Place - Ambassadors for Christ Academy
Most Robust Robot 2nd Place - Circle High School
Most Photogenic 2nd Place - Johnson County Home School
Top Gun - Ambassadors for Christ Academy
Most Elegant 2nd Place - Johnson County Home School
Founders Award 1st Place - Wichita Home School
Founders Award 2nd Place - Circle High School
Table Display - Circle High School (tie with Lebanon HS)
Spirit Award - Wichita Home School