THIS CHALLENGE SPONSORED BY
THE INSTITUTE OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERS
PERFORMANCE COMPETITION DATE: A Saturday morning in April
(A second challenge is normally held the following Sunday afternoon
WRITTEN REPORT TO BE SUBMITTED BY: A Friday two weeks prior to the challenge
AGE/GRADE GROUP: Grades 9-12 TEAM SIZE: 2-8 students
In general, one kit for a 2-leg robot will be provided at NO CHARGE for each school. A team that has successfully competed one year is eligible to receive a 2-leg Automation kit the following year at NO CHARGE - limit one per school. Additional kits available as shown below*
Design and build a motor powered Robot that walks under direction. The robot can have any form, 2 or 4 legs, and have the ability to go over uneven terrain. Each leg shall be controlled by one student using two independent motors, and the control and co-ordination of the motors, and the smoothess and speed of the robot, will be factors considered by the judges. Manual control of the Robot is a basic requirement, but extra credit (up to 15 points) will be given for any form of add-on automation that furthers the above goals.
DETAILED SPECIFICATIONS AND CHALLENGE JUDGING GUIDELINES:
The competition involves four main components, a written report, the construction of the entry, the robot’s performance on a course in competition with other entries, and an oral report (including an optional video presentation). The Institute of Electrical amd Electronic Engineers (IEEE) will supply the parts for the power unit and the control unit, and provide instructions, drawings, training materials, and mentors for the basic electrical equipment. Each team will be responsible for creating the robot body and building the power units and control units, and should contact their mentors by e-mail at defined intervals. They will need to provide the D-cell batteries and learn to co-ordinate the operation of the motors (learn to walk) as a team. If the registration form is received prior to October 15, the design data package and the parts will be sent out in November (earlier by special request). After that date they will be sent in January. Entries accepted up to 7 weeks prior to the Challenge date. For more information, please call the organizers on 410-653-4176.
I. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT AND WRITTEN REPORT
Points will be awarded for creativity, originality, sketches, and the neat housing of the power unit.
The team must use the parts provided in the kit, substitutions are not allowed, but additions are permitted. Wheels (if used) may not touch the table or be visible.The robot body must be designed such that the team can fully expose all mechanism for inspection by the judges.
III. PERFORMANCE DEMONSTRATION
The course will have 2 tracks on an 8 foot table, with the start and finish lines 6 feet apart. Two half inch high hurdles will have to be climbed over. The robots will first race two at a time in manual mode, and team members (one per leg) must stay at their side of the table. Points will be awarded for the time taken, the smoothness of the robot’s movements, and the coordination of the operating team. In the event that some degree of automation has been added, the robot shall run a second time in that mode for bonus points.
IV. ORAL PRESENTATION TO JUDGES
REVIEW OF FABRICATION
* A 4-leg robot is twice as much work, and is more challenging to operate. Extra charge for the 4-leg kit is $39. The cost for additional 2-leg kits is $49. Additional 4-leg kits are $88. Automation kits: $89 for 2-leg, $118 for 4-leg robots. The new pre-assembled Automation boards are $140 for 2-leg and $185 for 4-leg robots.