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An inter-school robotics challenge in Lille

The "SI / @ Baggio" robotics competition organised by the Lycée Baggio in Lille and sponsored by Inria Lille - Nord Europe took place on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 April. In partnership with various educational establishments, this challenge to build a robot using Lego Mindstorms involved students of all levels competing against each other to build a robot from A to Z in a day and a half!

Ten robots for one challenge !

At the beginning of April, Lycée Baggio, a high school in Lille, held a robotics challenge for students to make a robot using Lego Mindstorms. What was the challenge all about? Each team of 8 students of all levels (students at Engineering School or on preparatory courses, pupils in Year 11 and Year 12 or at lower secondary school), had a full day, from 8 in the morning till 10 at night, to rise to the challenge. The schools taking part included the École Centrale de Lille, ENSAM, the Lycée d’Excellence de Douai and the Collège de Wazemmes.

The task set for the competition was to design an autonomous robot using Lego Mindstorms whose specific purpose was to carry balls from point A to point B along a given track. The students then had three minutes to demonstrate their robot on the track and thus convince the jury.

Le circuit à réaliser lors du défi.

« Doiz 2.0 » le robot gagnant du défi

A project supported by Inria

Inria was keen to be involved in this challenge which introduces students to digital science and robotics. For the event, Jérémie Dequidt, a researcher in the Defrost project team (a joint project with Université Lille1*) specialising in deformable robotics, gave a lecture on his research subject. He was also a member of the jury that selected the winning team, which built the robot named "Doiz 2.0".

The prize for the competition's winners was a smartphone-controlled mini robot as well as the chance to compete in the finals of the Lille Rotary Club's manual work trophies on 15 April, with a 1st prize of 1,500 euros.

L'équipe gagnante du défi


* within UMR 9189 CNRS-Centrale Lille-Université Lille1, CRIStAL.

Keywords: Lego Mindstorms High school Competition Robotics