FIGURE 4. The
team's solution to
the problem of
traction in the ice
arena was a wheel
that would dig into
the ice to create
teach physics by designing bots, or
did the thrill of fighting machines
drive you to analyze them later?
The bots came first. All knowledge was shared by
oral classes and meetings with the team members.
When the team grew from six (in 2003) to almost 20
students — with several of them graduated, requiring a
constant influx of freshmen to replace them — I started
writing down the lectures. Then, they became
presentation slides, followed by several short tutorials,
many of them handwritten. With time, I started to
organize the book collecting all these tutorials; this is
why the book itself is called a tutorial (even though it’s
much longer than a traditional one!).
All photos courtesy of Professor Marco Meggiolaro.
FIGURE 3. Touro Maximus is the
220 lb version in Team Riobotz's
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