Extra – SUMO – Overview.

In the Japanese sport of SUMO, players try to push each other out of the ring. The next tutorials show you how to teach your Robot to play “Robot SUMO”.

Your Robot first goes at high speed across the arena. However, when the Robot comes to the black ring around the arena, it stops, backs away, turns around, and charges forward again, staying inside the arena. After you have completed this tutorial, you will be able to use your Robot to push toys to the edge of the arena while your Robot stays inside the arena. If you are in a classroom, a popular variation is to place two Robots in a ring at the same time, and see which can push the other out first, something like the SUMO wrestlers do. Watch this video to find out more.

This video includes a suggestion for a SUMO ring that we have made from an A1 sheet of paper, with black Electrician’s tape around the edges. If you have access to an A1 printer, you can also download a pdf image of an arena we use; see:   https://goo.gl/bjhIhK

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