We first took on this firefighting robot challenge for the 2010 Trinity College Firefighting Robot competition in April.
Having only decided in late February that we'd compete in April, we were on a tight schedule from the beginning. We managed to design and build a pretty awesome robot that worked a lot of the time. Unfortunately, because of the tight deadline, time for testing and programming was found wanting and The Precipitating Pachyderm's consistency suffered.
Now, in 2011 we'll be entering two robots: The Precipitating Pachyderm v2.0 and Jumbo Shrimp v1.0.
To see some of the engineering that goes into these bots check out the development pages:
2010 Firefighting Robot Development
Media from the 2011 competition:
Media from the 2010 competition: