Archive for July, 2011

HiTechnic and World Robot Olympiad

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

HiTechnic is an official sponsor of the World Robot Olympiad. WRO is an international robotics competition that believes that solving robotic challenges builds innovation, creativity and problem solving skills in students, and because robotics cross multiple curriculum subjects, students must learn and apply their knowledge in science, engineering, math, and computer programming. The most rewarding part of designing robots is that students have fun, work together as a team, and learning occurs as naturally as breathing air. WRO has been building this learning platform for 7 years, ever since their first robotics competition in 2004 where they had 12 countries and 4000 teams. This year they anticipate over 35 countries and over 13,000 teams from around the world taking part in WRO activities in local, regional, and national competitions. WRO 2012 will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 9-11, 2012.

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Altimeter Gauge using the new Barometric Sensor

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

The new HiTechnic Barometric Sensor can be used to measure altitude since air pressure varies with altitude.  The NXT-G block for this sensor includes actions to read altitude as well as to adjust the altitude base pressure and to set the altitude pressure using a known altitude.  The NXT-G programs presented in this blog post shown an airplane style altimeter on the NXT screen.  Like a real altimeter, the altitude pressure can be adjusted to account for different meteorological conditions.