Tag Archive: piwars

09
Dec

Westpark @ PiWars 2015: a round-up

Well, it’s over. We went; we competed; we came back. And it was great. But let me rewind a little… This time last week, we’d blown out two of our three Ultrasonic sensors, hadn’t got a working three-point turn, weren’t able to generate enough power to push over a single skittle, had a robot which […]

28
Nov

Westpark PiWars — a few pictures

Since the SD card on our robot’s RPi has just corrupted (!) and I’m stuck trying to rebuild the configuration files all over again, I thought I’d just load a few images from our Friday sessions. At the end you can see a short video of Steve and A (in the club changing room!) testing […]

28
Nov

Westpark PiWars — Running out of time…

So, as we approach the deadline for blogging, having passed the deadline for code submission and nearing the competition date itself, it’s time for a lessons learnt. In no particular order: It’s going to take longer than you thought it would, especially if you’ve never tackled this kind of thing before If everything worked cleanly […]

08
Nov

Westpark Club PIWars – meet the team

(NB Some parents are uneasy about their children being identified online. For that reason I’m going to use generic terms when referring to the young people involved in the team.) I’ve already introduced myself: Tim Golden. I’m helped by another club leader: Steve, who’s an IT support professional. He’s done all the work on our […]

08
Nov

Westpark Club Pi Wars — design choices

(NB Some parents are uneasy about their children being identified online. For that reason I’m going to use generic terms when referring to the young people involved in the team.) Well, this was going to be a frequent slice-of-Pi blogpost series… but then, of course, real life has taken over. We’re still here and struggling […]