We are always looking for new tasks that teachers can get their students to do with the LittleArm. Recently Oreo announced the Oreo Dunk Challenge. The challenge is to create a video of picture of how you dunk your Oreos and share it. We thought it would be great to have kids in several robotics clubs do the challenge. So we tested it out with the littlearm arduino robot arms.
Now, the rules of the original challenge are pretty lax. We had to expand on it to make it a cleaner competition with more constraints, just like real engineering. So we assigned points to various parts of the task. This is what they are.
Pick Up the Cookie
Dunk the Cookie
This point system ensures that there is a way to measure success. It also gives kids various places to focus. They can design tools for the arm to accomplish more complex tasks or they can work at the programming, tweaking it until it gives the result they want.
This is good culmination challenge, because, though it is very simple, there are subtle complexities within it that make it difficult to achieve.
We currently have several local robotics clubs working on the Oreo Dunk Challenge with their robots and we hope that we can start posting videos very soon.