SkillsUSA Mobile Robotics Competition
2017 Contest Overview
Download the 2017 SkillsUSA Mobile Robotics Competition “Leave No Trace” Team Guide below.
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The Game: This year’s challenge is played on a 12’x12’ square field configured as seen above. Teams are tasked with moving stars and cubes across the fence line into the scoring zones. The object is to score as many points as possible during a two-minute autonomous and operator control round.
The Field: The 12’ x 12’ field contains 20 yellow stars along with 4 orange cubes. The field contains two different scoring zones. One zone consists of a 2’ x 4’ rectangle made up of blue tiles. A second scoring zone is located over the fence spanning the playing field. Any scoring objects that are completely inside the fence scoring zone will be scored. The field contains white tape lines forming a pattern on the inside of the field. There are red and blue PVC pipes on the starting corners of the field.
Yellow Star Scored in the fence goal = 1 point
Yellow Star Scored inside the blue goal = 5 points
Orange Cube Scored in the fence goal = 5 points
Orange Cube Scored in the blue goal = 10 points
A Robot “Low Hanging” (1-12”) = 1.5x multiplier
A Robot “High hanging” (+12”) = 2x multiplier
The Round: The competing robot will begin the round positioned completely inside the starting rectangle created by the red floor tiles. For the first 60 seconds of the round, the robot operates completely autonomously. Using sensors and pre-programmed instructions, the robot must attempt to strategically move the scoring objects into any scoring area. During the next 60 seconds of the round, drivers take control of the robot. Teams score points for each scoring object placed inside the scoring zones.
Teams will be tasked with a programming challenge using CoderZ virtual software. CoderZ is an online Java based programming tool using virtual robots in a variety of landscapes. To create a demo account with full feature access, go to www.gocoderz.com/skillsusa
The following software platforms are recommended for the build & program portion of the 2017 SkillsUSA Mobile Robotics “Leave No Trace” competition.
Note: Other programming software will not be supported by the Technical Committee.
This is the section where users can download easyC V5 or easyC V4
The Engineering Notebook is a document which chronologically documents the design evolution, materials used, problems encountered & resolved, decisions made, and test results obtained. This notebook is an integral part of the competition and is worth 20% of your total score.
NOTE: The Engineering Notebook will be submitted for judging prior to the assembly portion of the event. Bring your engineering notebooks to the Orientation session prior to the contest.
The Engineering Notebook will be judged by the following criteria.
Overall Appearance and Professionalism:
The Engineering Notebook will be judged on format, organization, and presentation
Click the button below to view the Engineering Notebook Guidelines
Bill of Materials:
Each team will be required to list all of the materials used on their robot. The type, quantity and cost of each part should be provided.
Teams are encouraged to create detailed assembly instructions for their robot prior to arriving at the competition.
Illustrations of Design Process:
Teams are encouraged to include pictures and sketches of their design process in their Engineering Notebook.
Notes from the Technical Committee
January 10, 2017 Update –
Q: Is a robot allowed on the scoring side of the fence?
A: As long as the robot does not damage or dislodge the field, fence or scoring objects then a robot is permitted into the scoring zone.
December 28, 2016 Update –
- Bring your engineering notebook to orientation on Tuesday. The notebook will be evaluated and returned to your competition station the following morning.
- The Math problem assessment will be held on Tuesday directly proceeding the Contest orientation session.
- The Virtual Programming assessment will be held on Tuesday upon completion of the Math assessment.
- Teams will be tasked with a programming challenge using CoderZ virtual software.
- CoderZ is an online Java based programming tool using virtual robots in a variety of landscapes. To create a demo account with full feature access, go to www.gocoderz.com/skillsusa
Contact The SkillsUSA Mobile Robotics Technical Chair
SkillsUSA Mobile Robotics Technical Chair