Castlemakers PuttCode

CoderDojo mini-golf hole with launch pad.
CoderDojo PuttCode mini-golf hole with launch pad.

Project information on PuttCode, where teams of 2-4 kids build and program a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot to drop a golf ball in a Putt Putnam County mini-golf hole.

The goal is to build a robot using a Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit that picks up a golf ball and puts it in the hole of a 3′ x 7′ miniature golf hole. The playing course obstacles & construction can also be used by the robot for sensing. Special thanks to Putnam County 4H for loaning us some of their EV3 kits.

There will be several levels of competition:

  1. There will be a colored rectangle in the lower left corner that the robot is placed into, then the robot has to find the hole and drop the ball into it.
  2. In a more challenging level, the robot can be placed anywhere on the playing field, then has to find the hole.
  3. At the highest challenge level, the robot has to pick up the ball from a tee, drop it in the hole, then return to the tee for another ball and repeat as many times as possible in 5 minutes.

The first two levels are not timed, however after 5 minutes if the robot has not found the hole, then the judges can call ‘time’ and move on to the next team.

Groups will be demonstrating their robots on the playing field from 9-11 Saturday morning September 15th at the  Greencastle Farmer’s Market!

Last updated on 9/14/18