This is a bit of a gallery of mice
that I had chance to photograph. Most of them use
DASH materials but there are other interesting ones
This is Bancroft School's LIONEL. It
uses very powerful radio control car motors and very
clever (and expensive) light sensors. It was reliable and
This is Porchester Community School's
CHARLIE. It is based on a DASH FREE kit.
Unfortunately it was damaged in transit and, despite an
emergency motor transplant in the pits, it failed to get
to the finals.
This is Dane Court Grammar School's
JIM. DASH FREE based, you can see how the
sensors have been moved forward to cope with longer
breaking distances. This team is one of the few who took
notice of the lifting hook rule. Notice how the batteries
have been distributed to best effect.
I am not sure which mouse this is
due to a cock-up with labelling. It is possibly Sawston
Village College's LES SCARGO. If you know what it is
please email me to let me know.
They have made proper PCB's for the
DASH FREE circuitry and this has probably paid
off in reliability. You can see that the sensors are
mounted on slots for ease of adjustment.
This is Sawston Village College's
RAMPANT BEAST. It also uses a
DASH FREE kit but has a trailing castor to
minimise friction and the wheels have been coated with
what looked like silicone rubber bath sealant for extra
This is St. Benedicts R.C. High
School's TEAM SPIRIT. The castor is LEGO but
they had to use super glue on the mounting to stop it
coming apart. They spent a lot of time on the practice
mat in the pits solving problems but they did manage to
run a time in the final.
These are two views of Bolton School's
BENJAMIN. It uses DASH FREE components for the drive
train and sensors but they use a processor and relays for
motor control. It competed in the super standard class
and ran very well.
This is Lancaster Grammar School's
LARRY. It is DASH FREE based and well
presented. You can see that they are using a jig to keep
the wheels off the ground while they adjust the sensors.
This is Newcastle Royal Grammar
School's PRESTON. It uses DASH components and is
intended for the super standard class. The sealed
lead-acid battery is heavy but does mean that there is a
lot of power available.
These are two views of James Ottens
MILLENNIUM 2. It is very high-tech with a
PIC processor on board and a custom surface-mount
printed circuit board. It has competed all over the
This is Woodbridge school's SNIFFER.
This shows excellent design in terms of layout and weight
distribution. Note the use of a nylon nut as a
low-friction slider. This is probably as good as a
DASH FREE gets without active braking, grippier
tyres or wide-area sensors. http://www.argonet.co.uk/users/woodbridgesch.dt/
This is Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron's Y
SAETHWR (the ARCHER)
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Stephen Eakins and Creag Louttit's
THRUST SSM. This mouse uses an Atmel AVR 1200 chip,
our motors with home-brew gearboxes using our gears,
Hamamatsu sensors and a lot of development time.
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Creag Louttit and Stephen Eakins'
S.P.E.E.D. This is a DASH FREE with bigger
wheels and grippier tyres. It has been modified for 3
sensor inputs and active braking on both wheels. The two
outer sensors are area coverage type with three LEDs
each. This is probably as sophisticated as a
DASH FREE gets.
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