IGVCDSC_2847.jpg It looks like Miriah’s crew managed to work out the bugs in the ‘bot’s drive and sensing systems. Three hours of sleep, followed by a middle-of-the-night attack on the Taco Bell drivethru, and the Miners were back on the job. They’ve moved from Mountain-Dew power to the little concentrated energy vials that promise no “post-stimulant” crash, but we’ll keep an eye in them to see if that’s true.
Late this morning they got the machine moving properly, so they switched their efforts to rehearsing for this afternoon’s design presentations, and that seems to be paying off. Mike Chrisco and James Anderson have made vast improvements in their presentation style after just two rounds of talking to a wall. At 2:30 local time, Miriah, James and Mike will do their best in front of some pretty highly-trained industry folks, who are bound to ask some pretty tough questions about the team’s claims. Design scores? Worth 20% of a team’s overall score.
Shortly after the Miners will take JΩtron out on the practice field and see of if it works as well in MIchigan as it did in Rolla. They have to qualify for the obstacle course by proving the machine knows how to go around objects, not just through them.
The weather? Hot. Muggy. Little breeze. Quite different from 2009 when students were shivering while they wrote code.
We’ve got a really great human-interest story coming up later. There’s a robot here called “Jo-Car” (no, not “Joker“) that hails from the German-Jordanian University (GJU) in Amman, Jordan. It’s the first time we’ve seen a design team from the Middle East at any student design competition, and they have some really great insights into how valuable international experiences are to their school, their nation, and most importantly, to their students on the world stage.
p.s. They’re great folks to talk to, and they say the Jordanian weather is much better than here. Cool in the shade, nice in the sun, and not muggy. Maybe they can host IGVC sometime.


  1. We are having a great time at IGVC, but the technical challenges are really bogging us down. our plan B, after we lost a processor, is turning into plan C, now that we lost another one.