The Hamilton Southeastern Schools elementary level technical challenge team, the DInsteins, took 1st place at the Destination Imagination Global Finals competition in Knoxville, TN on May 26, 2018. They competed against 80 other teams in the elementary technical division from 38 U.S. states, 6 Canadian provinces, and 19 countries from around the world.
This year’s technical challenge involved creating a Maze Traveler that would navigate a randomly selected maze, removing an object from the maze, constructing a transforming prop, and incorporating two team choice elements.
The DInsteins presentation involved an evil scientist who had poisoned the ocean, and a team of explorers that utilized the Maze Traveler to save the ocean and foil the evil scientist’s plan. They constructed a robot, called HO2, utilizing geared DC motors with encoders to create an autonomous vehicle that would navigate the randomly selected maze utilizing an Arduino and coding. The team also constructed a hydraulic arm that lifted the team's object onto HO2, and removed it from the maze.
For their prop transformation, the team constructed a scissor lift using a threaded rod, that when spun by a cordless drill raised the lift and exposed the living coral scene that was a team choice element. Finally the team constructed an underwater backdrop as their other team choice element that utilized another Arduino and over 500 LED’s that were individually soldered to create a moving ocean wave and multiple fish swimming across the board.