Robotics History

Robotics Team History

Trinidad State Robotics Team got its start in late 2009 when TSJC was invited to join the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. The program has evolved gradually and each team has improved on the previous year’s design. In the spring the students participate in COSGC’s Robotics Challenge at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Students then submit a research paper to the consortium and present their research at the COSGC’s Research Symposium.

The first paper was accepted in 2011 and since then the team has won the People’s Choice Award 5 times and their paper/presentation has won a session award twice.


2018 : SCOUT-E
(Sample Collecting Optical Ultimate Terrain Explorer)

Tested at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah
Sensors: Remote controlled through antennas and four on-board cameras.
1 mini-computer to run cameras.
Custom Printed Circuit Board  with a parallax propeller chip to run everything else.
Wheels and hand 3D Printed

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2017 : CLOEE
(Camera-controlled, Land-based, Optical, Electronic, Explorer)

  • Invited by NASA to do testing at the Johnson Space Center’s Mars Yard in Houston, Texas.
    Sensors: Remote controlled through satellites and four on-board cameras. 1 mini-computer to run cameras.
    Custom Printed Circuit Board with a parallax propeller chip to run everything else.
    Wheels and hand 3D Printed
  • https://tsjcrobotics.tech.blog/2017/05/22/a-trip-to-remember/

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2016 : SABLE
(Scoop and Bucket Land Explorer)

Sensors:
RF Sensor (for beacon)
Sparkfun Compass and 3-axis Accelerometer combined
Three Sharp IRs
Three Pings
Two Flexi-Forces
One Laser Range Finder or Pixy

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2015 : BEK-E
(Beacon Electronic Kinect Explorer) had 1 Printed Circuit Board designed by a student.

  • Sensors: Kinect, Compass, Tilt, Beacon, 3 IRs, Flexiforce, 2 Pings, 2 LCDs.
  • Language: PropC.
    Body and Wheels 3D Printed.
  • Dunes: Finished all 6 Courses.

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2014 : ALLEN
(Autonomous Logical Land-Based Electronic Navigator) had 1 PropBoard from Parallax.

  • Sensors: Bump(new design), Compass, Tilt, Beacon, IR, Flexiforce, LCD
  • Language: PropC beta version
    Wheels 3D Printed.
  • Dunes: Finished all 6 Courses.
    (First robot to finish all courses).

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2013 : CAT
(Crawling Autonomous Terrabot) had 1 Propeller chip from Parallax.

  • Sensors: Bump (new design), Compass, Tilt, Beacon, LCD
  • Language: Propeller Spin
  • Dunes: Finished Course I, II, III and IV.
    (First robot to finish Course IV).

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2012 : CASPER2
(Clear Autonomous Sensory Perceiving Environment Robot) had 3 BASIC Stamp boards from Parallax.

  • Sensors: Bump, Compass, Tilt, Beacon
  • Language: pBASIC
  • Dunes: Finished Course I, II and III.
    (First robot to finish Course III).

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2011 : CASPER
(Clear Autonomous Sensory Perceiving Environment Robot) had 3 BASIC Stamp boards from Parallax.

  • Sensors: Bump, Compass, Tilt, Beacon
  • Language: pBASIC
  • Dunes: Finished Course I, II.
    (First robot to finish Course II).

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2010 : Whiskers
5 BASIC Stamp boards from Parallax.

  • Sensors: Bump, Infrareds, Compass, Tilt
  • Language: pBASIC
  • Finished Course I.
    At that time, no robot had successfully completed Course I.
    Course I was moving in the sand and going north.

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