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Platform Placer
Lesson 5: Platform Placer Competition


Now it is time to compete in the Platform Placer competition! In this cooperative driver control competition, you will develop a game strategy to use two robots to place game objects on low, medium and high platforms in order to achieve the highest possible score in two minutes. Watch the video below to learn the process you can use to apply all the things you have previously learned to the Platform Placer competition.

Understanding the Rules

Platform Placer takes place as a cooperative driver control match, where two robots work together to score rings and Buckyballs on low, medium and high platforms. The goal is to score the most points possible in two minutes. The team with the highest points, wins! 

You and your team can apply the engineering design process to your robot design and your collaborative game strategy to maximize your score.  You will need to work together to make the most of your scoring opportunities!

There are many strategies you can use to compete successfully in the Platform Placer competition. Watch this animation to see one example of Platform Placer game play in action!

Platform Placer Competition Activity Google Doc / .docx / .pdf

As you read the rules, think about how you can use them to develop a game strategy.

Platform Placer Setup

Check Your Understanding 

Before moving on to the next video, ensure that you understand the rules of the competition by answering the questions in the document below in your engineering notebook. 

Check Your Understanding Google Doc / .docx / .pdf

Applying the Engineering Design Process

Watch this video about the engineering design process to see how to walk through the steps to continue to develop and iterate on your robot design and game strategy for the Platform Placer competition. 

Open Engineering Design Process Poster

Collaborative Decision-Making

As you work through the engineering design process, you will need to communicate with your team members. Watch this video to see examples of good communication that you can use while you make decisions with your team.

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