Robo-dogs at the Rally


July 11, 2008
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Here we are, in the 6th week of summer camp.  As the weather is heating up outside, more and more cool things are happening here at the Museum summer camps!  Week 6 heralds the first week of Advanced Robotics camp and the activities could not be more fun.  Building a working electric motor, constructing a rocket robot, and programming Robo-dogs are all part of the excitement! 

Campers are busy programing their robo-dogs to compete in Rally-Obedience training events.  Check out this awesome video of one robo-dog successfully mastering a level in the rally!  Notice the signs at our Rally-O are almost exactly like the real thing!


For those of you who don’t know what Rally-Obedience is, it is a fun and competative team sport for dogs and their human handlers. 

Dog and Handler teams navigate a course with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform such as Sit-Down-Sit, Straight Figure 8, Send Over Jump, Recall Over Jump. Teams navigate the course at a brisk pace without direction from the judge or any other outsider. Talking to your dog is always encouraged in Rally-O.   Any dogs, purebred, mixed breeds and dogs with disabilities are encouraged to participate.

Check out this next video.  It’s fun to see the campers get so excited when the robot performs exactly as it was programmed.


Check back often for more camp updates!!

Kat
Authored By Kat Havens

Kat has been both the spokesperson for the CSI: The Experience exhibit and project manager for the Imperial Rome exhibit and has a love of all things historical and cultural. She is responsible for the Xplorations summer camp program, coordinating weekday labs during the school year, writing department curriculum and presenting at teacher trainings. Kat has worked at the Museum since 1996.

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