Robot Battle

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Today we had a visit from South Craven School in North Yorkshire. We were asked to prepare a session so that students who were interested in Computing could come along and do an activity with us. To this end, we decided to let them create robots and have it out in the battlefield.

If you are not familiar with it, Robocode is a great fun introduction to programming. It’s an open source educational programming game, where the goal is to develop a robot battle tank to battle against other tanks in Java or .NET. The robot battles are running in real-time and on-screen. You can also run it on any system that has Java pre-installed, and there’s lots of support online if you wish to have a go in your own time!

Dan gave a quick introductory talk about what we expected them to do and how they could get started…

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We then let the kids run wild with their robots and make changes to the code. They were very bright and were thinking up ways were they could optimise their strategies. Of course Dan, Lorna and I were on hand to give advice…

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All it all it was a very successful session and they seemed to have a good time, mission accomplished!

 

 

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