The German football national team was only the third in rankings at the FIFA World Cup in Germany, but Jonas Thees went straight up. He is the World Champion. Jonas participated at the 2006 RoboCup World Championships in Bremen with his small robot. The 14-year-old won the Junior World Championship title in the Rescue Robot section for his design.
Jonas began to construct his rescue robot one year ago in the study group at the school, 'Jugenddorf- und Christopherusschule' in Königswinter. Up to that point, Jonas had not programmed even once. However, he managed it with the support of his Mathematics and Physics teacher Dr. Winfried Schmitz and could participate in the World Championships with his robot.
Accumulated knowledge hides behind the facade of the small life-saver, which is mostly made of Lego bricks, rubber strips and adhesive. In order to reduce weight and adjust misalignments, Jonas used igubal® pillow block bearings to fit out the sensor-equipped shield of the small life-saver.
The advantages are the balancing of misalignments and low weight.
In this discipline, the robots move around on a surface the size of a ping-pong table, where they negotiate various obstacles, and must explore the unfamiliar terrain and rescue injured persons. "They follow a black line which is broken or blocked at times. Jonas programmed his robot in such a way that it knows what to do when a line appears, when the line ends, or when it suddenly goes uphill or downhill. In the course of the competition, Jonas had to steer his robot nine times through the obstacle course. A different team was allotted to him each time. "We program together, make arrangements and give each other tips," explains Jonas about the events at the RoboCup. Then it is not only the robots who must overcome the obstacles, but also their owners.
"It was not so easy with the Chinese. Most of them didn't know English. “
Despite these difficulties, Jonas achieved 478 out of 480 points together with the Chinese and became the World Champion.