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2013 Maine Robotics Robot Track Meet Season
Update 3/22/2013: Our online registration has been fixed, because of the delay this caused we are extending early registration until March 29th.
Changes to 2013 Track Meets
The following challenges have been changed from last year.
We have also added a new challenge for this year, the Walking Robot Challenge. For this challenge the robots will race which robot can go the fastest without using wheels or tracks for locomotion. Please see the Event Rules and Details for the full description
- NOTE: Due to the need to order event t-shirts on or around April 9th, we cannot guarantee shirts for registrations after that date. We can always add more team members and teams but the longer you wait may result in your team missing the t-shirt order date. Although we will likely order some extras. Any deletions received prior to or on April 10th that (for instance dropping a team member) will result in a refund or a reduction in the invoice amount for a purchase order. Any additions should be accompanied by a payment or PO. Thanks
Payments accepted in the form of check, Purchase Order, or online payment. Purchase order counts as being paid. Registration includes 1 t-shirt for each paid participant. Coaches may purchase tshirts for $12 each.
Open to all children currently enrolled in grades 3 to 8. Teams must be coached by an adult over 18 who is approved by the school or organization sponsoring the team.
Teams may be of any number of children and each team may compete in one, several, or many the events. However, each team may only enter seven events (once in each of the seven events, or seven robots in one event, or any combination). If you have lots of robots to compete you will need to register more teams from your group, but the cost is the same. Teams may come from ANY group, family, neighborhood, school, or program.
Each team builds robots (or bridge) before coming to the track meet and pits their creations against the creations of other teams Robots may be either the LEGO RCX or LEGO NXT robots.. Full rules and descriptions are posted above in the Official Description.
The Maine Robot Track Meet is designed to evaluate finished products in the form of robot performance. In this respect it is very much like a track meet.
Robots may be of any shape or variety as long as they meet the robot rules.
- Programming, individual building styles, team work, or other important aspects are NOT part of the MRTM. All criteria are based on the ability of the robot or construction to perform under specific challenges.The events:
- The slope climber: Build a robot that can climb the steepest slope (up to 80 degrees from horizontal). If more than one robot can make it up the steepest slope, then the fastest to do it wins!
- The table clearing mission: Build a robot that can move around a table top without falling off and clear up to 8 empty aluminum cans from the table. This robot must use sensors to identify the edge of the table to keep from falling off. The fastest robot to do this wins!
- The Delivery Mission: Build and program a robot to deliver a LEGO object to a designated location on the field. Score is a combination of time and placement. (New course each year)
- The fastest robot: The only goal here is to make a robot that can go straight for 18 feet, pass through a four foot goal, and do it faster than anyone else! Sound easy? Let's see what people come up with.
- The strongest robot: Build a robot that can pull a lot of weight! How much? Let's start with 20 pounds and go up to 60 pounds. If more than one can pull 60 pounds for 2 feet, then it will be the one that can do it fastest. (New time limits 60 seconds)
- The strongest bridge: Build a non-robotic LEGO bridge that spans 2 feet. Start loading it down with weight (up to 80 pounds) until the bridge fails or or it reaches 80 pounds. If more than one bridge can hold 80 pounds, then the lightest bridge wins! I put an "Understanding Bridge Stresses" document.
- Ping Pong Shot Put: Build a stationary robot that can deliver ping pong balls to a pair of receiving bins 1 meter away. Deliver as many as possible within a 30 second trial.
- Robot Speed Build: Build a standard NXT Simple Wheeled Robot using Maine Robotic parts (every competitor gets a bucket with the parts) in as little time as possible. Sorry the RCX is no longer in this event!
- Steeplechase: Build a robot that can climb the hill and cross the pit faster and better than anyone else's robot. Changed for 2013!
- Walking Robot Race: Build the fastest walking robot. New for 2013!