Middle School Robotics

Middle School Due Dates

  • March 17, 2017: Registration for Virtual Competition  Submit
  • April 3, 2017: Team Competition Summaries
  • April 12, 2017: Game Design   Submit
  • April 12, 2017: Multimedia   Submit
  • April 12, 2017: RoboticsSubmit
  • April 12, 2017: Microsoft PowerPoint Community Service   Submit
  • May 5, 2015: Winners for each Competition Announced

General Information

Requirement for each school

Optional participation

  • Community Service
  • Best Team Name
  • Best Team Logo

Winners

  • We will be awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for ALL award categories.
  • There will be great prizes!!!
  • Winning entries will be used for future promotion and training. Your submission gives HyperStream approval for your entries to be used for these purposes.

Middle School Robotics Competition

~~ Robotics NXT & EV3 Mindstorms ~~ 2017 Robot Categories

  1. Off Road Racing Challenge – Rev up your robo-engines! It’s time to race! You’re going to soup up your robot to off road race through obstacles and try to do it faster than any other team! (See below for details/criteria for this challenge.)
  2. Free-form, Innovative Robot Challenge – You must design and program a robot to do something creative or innovative for you, or complete a dirty, dull or delicate task for your team. You must also create a creative back story to give more of a story line on the need for the robot and the process of how the robot was developed, along with a plan for marketing the robot to your fellow students.

Award Categories

  • For both Robot Categories above, awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be given in each of these categories.
  • Overall Best Robot
  • Creative Programming
  • Design & Build of Robot
  • Robot Design and Programming Documentation
  • 3rd Motor Attachments
  • Use of Sensors – all robots must use at least 1 sensor
  • Robot Name

Criteria

  • You must utilize the NXT or EV3 Mindstorms software.
  • All entries must be a single-robot design.
  • You must submit the following as part of your entry: video of robot in action, robot documentation, submission form (within this document). Your video should include a visual of all team members involved on this robot.
  • Participants must compete as a team.
  • Team sizes are limited to 3-4 students each.
  • Clubs may submit 3 entries per Robot Category (max of 6 robots submitted per club). If you are a larger club with lots of robotics involvement, it is encouraged to have a club contest to identify the top 3 entries in each Robot Category for this state competition.
  • Clubs can submit entries in EACH Robot Category, or you can choose to submit in only one Robot Category.
  • The Team Submission Summary Form must accompany your entry.

Robotics – Judging Criteria for Best Overall Robot (in both categories)

        Robot Design & Build (25%)

        Documentation (20%) 

  • The robot design process from your original build to the final robot and documenting the changes
  • Documentation of your strategies to accomplish your challenge mission
  • Programming documentation with notes explaining the programs
  • HyperStream feedback

        Use of Sensors – must use at least 1 sensor (15%)

        3rd Motor Attachments (15%) – Free-form, Innovative Robot Challenge Only

  • Creativity
  • Successful application of attachment to tasks

        Creativity and Innovation (25%)

  • Creative programming
  • Innovative strategies to accomplish challenges

Robotics – Category 1 Off Road Racing Challenge Off Road Racing Challenge – Rev up your robo-engines! It’s time to race! You’re going to soup up your robot to off road race through obstacles and try to do it faster than any other team! Details:

  • Controllers: NXT or EV3
  • Robot Weight: Any
  • Robot Dimensions: no larger than 8.5” x 11”
  • Robot Control: Autonomous
  • Number of Motors: Maximum of Two
  • Competition: Best time wins

Summary: The objective of this event is to stay on the track, go over barriers, cross the finish line and come to a complete stop within 3 feet of the feet of the finish line. Event Rules: All participants line up with approximately 1” of their robots extending over the starting line. [Note: If your light sensor is not over the line when your robot starts your program needs to account for passing over the starting line.]

  1. Once a robot starts the course, it must remain autonomous or be disqualified.
  2. A robot that wanders off the race course will be disqualified.
  3. A robot must be programmed to wait 5 seconds after the “RUN” button is pressed before moving down the course.
  4. Any robot not waiting the five seconds will be given a “false start”.
  5. A robot is not allowed to increase its length during the race.
  6. Robots must stop after they cross the finish line. Robots who do not stop within 3 feet after the finish line are disqualified.

Scoring: Robot performances are timed. Timing begins when the robot starts movement and stops when it comes to a complete stop after crossing the finish line. In the event of a tie the first to come to a complete stop after crossing the finish line wins. Teams will take a video of their robot completing the obstacle with their fastest time by submitting their video here: Submit Robotics Entries Here Playing field: 3’ wide X 16’ long white track (butcher paper), with a 1” black electrician’s tape line traversing the width at the beginning and end to mark the start and finish line. Sections of 1x4 and 2x4 lumber are placed as shown below at 4 feet from start, 8 feet from start, and 12 feet from the starting line. The 1x4s are placed flat so the height is approximately 3/4 of an inch and the width is 3.5 inches. The 2 x 4s are also placed flat so the height is approximately 1.5 inches and the width is 3.5 inches. Unfinished lumber sections are secured to the butcher paper using either duct tape (on bottom of boards affixed to butcher paper) or bricks (on both sides of the boards off the track area).

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This Off Road Racing Challenge adapted from a challenge developed by Sonoma County Office of Education - http://www.scoe.org/. Teams will take a video of their robot completing the obstacle with their fastest time by submitting their video.
Be sure to submit your Team Competition Summaries.