On 3 March, Voronezh State University welcomed young contestants participating in the fifths festival of robotics ROBOART.
This year's programme included competitions in 20 disciplines, an exhibition representing 18 robotics areas, project contests, a show of scientific experiments performed by the university's team of young researchers "Creative Science", round table discussions, and master classes.
About 1,000 young engineers from 21 regions of Russia and Khazakhstan presented their projects at the festival. There were space robots, painting robots, robots that can be used in medical, security, agricultural, and industrial spheres, as well as aircraft constructed by the contestants. There was also a project of a cybernetic museum of historical costumes, a model of a Moon rover for soil exploration, a robot for growing microgreens, a gardening robot, conveyors for automobile plants, waste sorters, nurse robots, robocats, etc.
A number of projects were aimed at solving various medical issues and help the disabled. Konstantin Ponomarev, a student of the Engineering Competence Centre for Children and Youth “Kvantorium”, presented a plantigrade chair called “NewStep”.
“We wanted to create a device that would make it easier for the disabled to go anywhere. We replaced commonly used wheels with a plantigrade machine, which enables the chair to easily walk on uneven ground, and even ascend street curbs and stairs, which was impossible before”, said Konstantin.
Timur Ilchenko came from Rostov-on-Don to present a technique that ensures the safety of elevators.
“The system can be effective in such situations as, for example, during a fire, when there are people in the elevator. Each elevator should have two doors - the front door, leading to the building, and the back door, leading to the emergency exit. In case of fire, the elevator stops at the nearest floor and opens the door to the emergency exit staircase. Such elevators should be located along the perimeter of the building.”
Robots presented at the festival could do a lot of things, such as playing football and bowling, walking through mazes and climbing the stairs, fighting in knight tournaments, and tractor robot racing.
The festival also included a competition in 3D modelling. The participants were to draw a sketch, make a digital 3D model, print the model out on a 3D printer, braze the parts, and assemble the final model. This kind of competition was held for the first time.
Representatives of various industrial enterprises of the region say that the festival plays an important role in training engineers, as it involves schoolchildren.
“ROBOART allows children to demonstrate their talents and encourages them to learn more about modern technologies. Industries, in turn, obtain prospective engineers interested in professional development since their very childhood. The fact that the competition is held at a single venue, and people from different schools and towns come together, allows for exchange of experience and development of new ideas”, said Sergey Konovalyuk, Director General of the interregional INTERKHOS group.
“Among the areas of activity of our Additive Technologies Centre is the development and production of 3D printers. Desktop printers are a primary tool that allows engineers, including young ones, to get acquainted with fast prototyping and 3D printing. When we provide equipment for educational institutions, we ensure complete user support, from initial tutorial to continuing guidance on 3D printing. We support various initiatives, events, and competitions promoting the area, so we were happy to provide our Alfa 3D printers for ROBOART 2019. There are members of our company at the festival who are responsible for the technical support of the competition in 3D modelling and printing”, said Aleksey Mazalov, Director General of the Additive Technologies Centre.
The festival was organised by the Experimental Technical School and VSU with the support of Angstrem Group, Grazhdanskoye Sobranie Lider, and Interkhos Group.