The RI Immigration Course Robot Competition is held every year on the last day of orientation for the purpose of challenging creativity/design, enabling teamwork, building relationships, and having fun. This year, the competition will be held Friday August 28th. You will have only 4 hours to design, build, and test your robot. The competition will begin promptly at 3pm in the Newell-Simon atrium.
This year, the challenge is based off the classic game of Mario Kart. The key idea is that you want to pop the other teams balloons before all of your own get popped. Unlike in Mario Kart, the balloons are not attached to your vehicle, but instead will be scattered around randomly in the playing field, fixed to the ground. The competition is not tele-operated. All robots must be completely autonomous. This means that you will need to use your sensors and algorithms intelligently to maneuver the field, pop the opposing team's balloons, and succeed in each match.
You will pick your own teams of 4 students. You should try to balance the team with skills in software and mechanical design. Please form your teams on this spreadsheet by 10:00am Friday morning.
A single match will face off two teams, one team with 5 white balloons and the other one with 5 black balloons. White team's goal is to pop the black balloons and vice versa. Your robot must be able to quickly switch between being on the white or black team. This means a quick code upload. You may start your robot anywhere in the field.
Teams must follow these rules. Any disputes may result in DQ of the match:
The playing field is a wooden octagon field with 17.5" length sides (on the interior). The walls are 7.5" high. There will be 5 black and 5 white balloons on the field in a 'random' fashion. The ground is a white poster board with black electrical tape that connects the balloons in a 'random' graph. The balloons are secured to the poster board with bead pulled through a hole in the board and taped on the underside. There is a circle of orange electrical tape around the base of each balloon.
Each match ends when one of the following happens first: (1) all the balloons of one team have been popped or (2) two minutes and thirty seconds have elapsed. A team receives 1 'popped' point for every balloon of their opponents color that has been popped, regardless of who popped it. A win for the team gives them 2 match points, a tie gives each team 1 match point, and a loss gives a team 0 points.
The kit you receive is first version of NXT, but is compatible with the following software:
You may use any one you prefer, but you are responsible for providing the computer. We will provide the USB cable to connect to the NXT brick.
We will create the bracket and post it for you shortly before the tournament begins. Each team will compete in 3 matches within their group of 4 teams. The 2 teams with the most wins move forward to the single elimination tournament. The tie breaking order is:
Confused? Watch soccer (fuuutbool), our bracket closesly follows their process.
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The RoBros are the winning team from the 2014 competition. They are also the ones who have organized this years competition. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of them during the week or at the competition.