Sutherland High School Science Stars win big in Spain
Two Sutherland High School grade 11 pupils, Byron Norval and Tristan Sutherland were invited to compete in two International Science Fairs in Spain in April 2019. The first fair took place at the University of Valencia Experimenta Science Fair on 7 April where they were placed 1st in the Technological Applications Category.
The 2nd Fair, the Maria Enriquez – Gandia International Fair was held from 8 – 10 April where Tristan and Byron were placed 3rd.
Both learners have worked extremely hard over the past 2 years on their 6D-Bot Explorer robot and received a Gold Medal, 1st in their category and 2nd overall in the North Gauteng Senior Science Fair 2018. They then went on to achieve another Gold Medal at the SA Youth Engineering Symposium (SAYESS) 2018.
The 6D-Bot is built and designed to explore water pipes, mine and cave tunnels which are inaccessible to humans. To achieve this, the robot has a custom chassis as well as custom wheels made of soft compound for rocks and a harder compound for mud. The robot has a 6 drive power system and is capable of capturing exploration data, which includes Lidar 3D mapping combined with 2 video camera live feeds, temperature, humidity and carbon monoxide.
To assist the remote driving, an accelerometer and gyroscope give the driver tilt, yaw and roll. A custom written Delphi application captures all the information being transferred from the 6D-Bot via an Ethernet cable, to log, process and display the information.
The school is looking forward to seeing more innovative and groundbreaking developments from the 2 stars in the years to come.