Let's Make Robots!

Maize Bot

This may seem like a corny challenge, but I'm hoping to see some Amaizing submissions!!

Anyway, on to the challenge.

You can create tracked, wheeled, crawling bot, doesn't matter. but it must be invloved in do the following.

You must move 2 ears of corn from point A to point B. equal to 3 meters or roughly 10 feet. 

You must start at least 2 feet away from the corn you are going to move.

You must then load those ears of corn into a container at point b. Container size does not matter but it must be movable.

The bot must make at least 1 90 degree turn at some point in it's movement.


A couple of things to consider, getting from point a to b does not have to be linear, but the distance traveled does have to equal to 3 meters. 

Distance traveled can be verticle OR horizontal, or even a mix of both. Creative thinking is key here.

I have left it very open ended to to promote creative thinking on this one, but added some restrictions that can be interpreted in many ways.


1. A load two ears of corn on a transport section of the maize bot. The loader does not have to be a gripper, it could be as simple as a seperate dumper device, but it must load onto the transport section of the bot. 

2. push the corn with a scoop to the postion.This could be tricky with the 90 degree turn rule in there.


Prizes I have. Now my question is should I split this into 3 groups for 1st 2nd and 3rd place winners?

1 used digital multimeter

1 used soldering iron with 20/40watt settings

1 5v ldo voltage regulator of my choice

a couple of leds of multiple colors

3 proto boards of varying size(and my choice)

1 surprize item!!! (once more of my choice....of course :) )


As AI1970 pointed out, I made no exception to it being autonomous....so now you know...it doesn't have to be...thanks for spoiling it and making that fact known AI!!!! if you want to make it an rc car with a grabber, you can, but you get no points for creativity....

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this is cool! 

Does the whole bot have to rotate 90 degrees - how about a crane jib rotating 90 degrees with static base. Somehow I am sure the answer is NO but worthwhile checking!

Whole thing has to rotate.... not a part, not some, but all!!!