Micromouse at WHS 2019

STEM Technology

Micromouse is a STEM club which meets after school on Thursdays. The club runs from January to June constructing an autonomous robotic vehicle called a micromouse.

This is a miniature “driverless” vehicle that is programmed to follow walls in a maze or a white line on a black background.  By switching sensors and wheels, the micromouse can be reprogrammed to compete in different robotic challenges.

On Saturday 1June the 2019 National Schools and Colleges Micromouse Competition was held by the UKMARS organisation and hosted by Birmingham City University as part of the annual City Centre Campus TechFest event.

Three events were run:

The Drag Race – a 6 metre sprint following a straight white line.

The Line Follower – a tortuous circuit of straights and curves of varying radii following a white line.

The Wall Follower – the micromouse has to find a route from the start cell to a target cell in a maze by following the left-hand wall.

Several clubs and schools from Buckinghamshire were again represented including students from Wycombe High.  In addition, two entrants who were veterans of the 2018 competition made a return appearance: Lahari and Bethan from Wycombe High School.

Bethan was the stand-out performer on the day.  Her mouse “Jerry” came first in the Line Follower (beating her brother Owain into second place by 0.05 seconds). She also took second place in the Wall Follower and third place in the Drag Race.  Medals were on offer for any competitor who completed a successful timed run in each of the three events.  There were also trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed mice in each event.

We would like to thank Duncan Louttit of Swallow Systems who donated all the Schools awards and was Chief Judge on the day.  Thanks are also due to Chris Evans and the Birmingham City University team together with Ian Butterworth, Chairman of UKMARS for providing us with excellent facilities and an enjoyable competition.

RESULTS

Lightest Mouse:  97.12g “Jerry”, Bethan, Wycombe High School.

Best Recorded Mouse: “Thanos”, Sreelekha, Wycombe High School.

This is a prize for the entrant producing the best report of the construction of their micromouse.

DRAG RACE

3rd Place: “Jerry”, Bethan Edwards, Wycombe High. (2.462s)

LINE FOLLOWER

1st Place: “Jerry”, Bethan, Wycombe High. (10.411s)

WALL FOLLOWER

1st Place: “Human Being”, Abigail, Wycombe High. (34.06s)

2nd Place: “Jerry”, Bethan, Wycombe High. (34.50s)

3rd Place: “Maze Finder”, Maanya, Wycombe High. (34.85s)

WHS Medal Table

Micromouse

Entered By

Wall Follower

Line Follower

Drag Race

Jerry

Bethan

P

P

P

Thanos

Sreelekha

P

P

P

Anemoi

Lahari

P

P

P

The Flash

Ilsa

P

P

Cheeze

Priyasha

P

P

P

Mousarella

Imogen

P

P

P

Human Being

Abigail

P

P

P

Cheez Greater

India

P

P

P

Squeezer

Saanvi

P

P

P

Maze Finder

Maanya

P

P

P



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