From the FIRST LEGO League Food Factor Challenge... Food begins to spoil from the moment it is harvested. For centuries, people have worked to protect their food and keep it safe. Your food had to last from harvest-to-harvest through the freezing winters and hot summers.
Have you ever thought about how your food stays fresh?
Have you ever thought about how your food is protected from microscopic attacks?
Today, the food
you eat might have traveled hundreds or thousands of miles before it got to you.
Have you ever thought about where your food comes from and how it stays safe to eat?
How can robotics play a role, either in preserving food or testing it for safety? What will you make?
Awards will be given in 4 areas. Award winners will be featured on LEGO MINDSTORMS News. 1) FOOD PRODUCTION: This award goes to the user who creates a pioneering robot that upgrades how we grow and produce our food. 2) FOOD SAFETY: This award goes to the robot that best screens and/or protects what we eat and when we eat it. 3) FOOD SERVICE: This award will go to the robotic device that shows how we can serve food safely and efficiently. 4) FOODIE: This is a wild card award for the most innovative and creative of all food related robots! ALL ENTRIES need to consider what job your Food Factor LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT robot is designed to do. Well-documented NXTLOGs are a plus!
All entries to NXTLOG fall under the Terms of Service: http://mindstorms.lego.com/nxtlog/Terms.aspx. Entries must be submitted by May 31, 2012. All entries must be tagged "foodfactor.” Only LEGO elements may be used. There's no limit on amount of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT sensors, LEGO MINDSTORMS RCX sensors, motors, NXT programmable bricks, HiTechnic sensors, Codatex RFID sensors, or Bluetooth communication you can use. A programmable LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT brick must control the robot's actions. You may enter more than one robot. You may enter a robot that was previously submitted to NXTLOG (just remember to add the tag, foodfactor). All documentation must be posted on NXTLOG. You must include the following in your NXTLOG Building Challenge entry: • Description - Careful, well-written explanation of how the robot was designed. • Pictures of the robot - Clear, well lit pictures - (no blurry ones!) • .rbt Program(s) - Annotations within the programs are a plus! • (Optional) LEGO Digital Designer File (LDD) - you cannot submit an LDD file only. Your LDD file must document some or all of your robotic entry. • (Optional) Video - Videos cannot be larger than 4MB and they cannot exceed 2 minutes in length. The allowable video formats are: .mov, .avi, .mpg, .wmv Please only upload only one video per project. Videos cannot contain music. You CAN include the noises that your robot makes. Videos cannot contain people in them Videos cannot contain speech. The contest will be judged by the NXTLOG moderating team.