The Hoedown is a part of the SIGCSE 2011 Robot
Hoedown and Rodeo event
. For the Hoedown, any SIGCSE participant is
invited to program one of the robots available at the Rodeo to dance
along to a short country music clip. The Hoedown is meant as a short
and gentle introduction to programming a robot - it can take as little
as 15 minutes. The full SIGCSE event also includes a number of
robot-specific Rodeo events, some of which become more involved.
You can get the clip at http://elvis.rowan.edu/~kay/sigcse/music/
It is password protected - use sigcse
for the userid, and robotgeek
for the password.
The provided clip is 43 seconds
in length, including a 5 second
fade in and 3 second fade out. The clip moves along at an average 152
beats per minute
Robots and Software
You can program one of five robot platforms (breeds) in about ten
different programming languages; we should have something for everyone.
You can see a summary table of available robots as well as software and
- Though dancing naturally brings to mind rhythmic movement, many of
the robots also have other ways to express beat or emotionality -
consider flickering or changing LED colors or having the robots "sing
along" by beeping.
- You can also incorporate sensor data - for example, use a sensor to
tell the robot to start or stop dancing.
- Most of the robots have sample code or tutorials to get you started
(you can find all that information on the robot
). We've also got TAs in the robot corral to help you
out when you get stuck.
Prizes and a Grand Finale
Imagine 70 robots dancing in time (sort of) to country music. That's
our Grand Finale
- and you can be a part of
it. If you programmed a robot for the Hoedown, you can bring it to the
Grand Finale. The Finale will be held right before the SIGCSE Saturday
luncheon. We will attempt to start all the robots simultaneously and
will marvel as a small robot army takes to the dance floor. Thanks to
Rodeo sponsor iRobot, we are providing several prizes
to participants who program a robot
for the Hoedown event and participate in the finale.