Readin’, ‘Ritin’ And Robots Machine Learning: Robot Competition Sparks Young Inventors

Subscribe to our newsletter Henry Wolfson doesn’t ride horses, but that didn’t stop him from bringing Sleipnir the robot, named after an eight-legged steed from a Norse myth, to St. Louis, Missouri, last month. Wolfson, who is 15 and goes to Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, built Sleipnir with his schoolmates to engage other fearsome robots in a medieval-like battle at FIRST Championship, a robotics contest created by the legendary inventor Dean Kamen. Sleipnir had to collect rubber boulders, maneuver past obstacles and fling the projectiles at the opposing team’s stronghold. The robot breached the castle’s wall by hitting it with the right amount of rocks. The robot could try to climb the wall for extra points. Out of 600 teams, Wolfson’s group finished eighth in its division.…


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