Pi Wars 2024 – Getting started!

This is our first blog post about Pi Wars 2024! Each long journey begins with a single step and we are excited to have taken our first small steps towards our journey to competition day in Cambridge, UK on the 21st April, 2024.

Pi Wars is an international, challenge-based robotics competition in which teams build Raspberry Pi-controlled robots and then compete in various non-destructive challenges to earn points. The competition takes place over a single weekend and at the end of each day, prizes, medals and trophies are awarded to those competing.

Our team is called ”Makers Jönköping” and consists of members from the Makers Jönköping maker club. Our maker club is located in the city of Jönköping in Sweden – so a fair way away from Cambridge.

Everyone in the maker club was invited to join and we are still in the process working out who is on the team. Here is a photo of some of us.

We have started making an inventory of what we have available in terms of parts etc for making a robot. The general idea is that the robot will have wheels, motors, battery, and a raspberry pi – so most is in the air at the moment! Going through boxes of stuff from previous competitions was an experience and there is probably more to be found in old boxes.

The strategy will be to build a robot fairly quickly from the parts that we already have in order to enable progress by those working on the software while those focusing on the mechanics build the actual robot that we will use in April.

That’s it for this first blog post! We will try to not make these blog posts too long winded but short and sweet with many photos. So the next blog posts will have details about our plans for electronics and about building the first prototype from existing parts!

Thanks for reading and see you soon!