On 09-10 February, 2019, the VIII Open Robotics Tournament of the Upper-Volga Educational Cyber Network “CyberDubna-2019” was held in the JINR Cultural Centre “Mir” (Dubna).

In the competitions the Arduino and Lego Mindstorms platforms were used. The organisers of the Tournament were the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, the International Computer School named after V. Volokitin and E. Shirkova, and the Center for Information Technologies and Analytics “Remote Electronic Laboratory”.

On 9 February, more than 20 teams from different cities took part in the nomination “Robot for Life”. Each team consisted of 2-3 participants aged 8-17 years.

According to the terms of the Tournament, participants were supposed to build an automated model of a “smart” device. Each team was offered to choose one of three tasks: "Waste sorting", "Safe", and "Next, please!" The participants faced a task – within the allotted time period, they had to create a system that could function to its best. The contestants were allowed to choose the physical configuration, design of the device, and its additional features.

All of the teams successfully coped with building their devices, but the prize winners in their age categories were: Mikhail Filipenkov, Moscow (age group: 1-4 grades); Artyom Sazanovich, Matvey Minin, and Igor Semenov, Center for Robotics and Circuit Engineering "DLab" (age group: 5-7 grades); Artyom Chepiga, Vladimir Denisov, and Ivan Baranov, Eldigino secondary school No. 1 (age group: 8-9 grades); Nikita Belenkov and Daniil Kotelnikov, Dmitrov Institute of Continuing Education (age group: 10-11 grades / secondary vocational education).

The second day of the Tournament began with a small exhibition that featured the best works in the nomination “Robot for Life” and other exhibits brought by the participants.

In the large hall of the JINR Cultural Centre “Mir”, Professor V. Pavlovsky (Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of RAS) gave a lecture "New modern robots: snakebots, sailbots, etc." At the end of the lecture, the viewers could cheer on the participants of the “Races on the Line” or take part in master classes on the basics of designing and programming microcontrollers. Among the participants of the master classes there were not only kids and teenagers, but also adults who wanted to try their hand. As part of the master classes, it was proposed to assemble one or several units: “Smart tunnel with automatic lighting”, “Car racing along the line”, “Colour sorter”, “Chess clock”.

International Computer School, photos

TV 360 Dubna News, video

Photos by Andrey Yudin (FLNP), Elena Puzynina (Scientific Information Department)