Get ready for a robot competition like no other. Through experimentation and mentoring, youth from throughout the region learn how to design, build and program robots that they will enter into RoboGames, a fun and free spirited event full of prizes.
Imagination meets technology
RoboGames is open to all youth ages 6 to 18 living in the West Kootenay/ Boundary region. No prior experience is necessary. Youth in teams of one to two people will be supported with six to eight weeks of robotics programming and circuit training culminating with a competition.
RoboGames will take place Saturday, April 28th at the Castlegar Campus Gymnasium.
How to Join in the Robot Fun at RoboGames:
Step 1: Register for the training and event. Teams can use their own robotics kit or purchase a kit supplied by RoboGames for $125. You are able to purchse the kit as you register.
Step 2: Provide further information that the organizers need to set you up. All teams must have an adult mentor who will be actively supporting the team as they design, build and program their robot. You can come back to do this later but don't forget.
Step 3: If you have purchased a robotics kit for yourself or your team, you will be able to pick it up in your community at a central location. Stay tuned for drop off points.
Create and Train!
Build your robot creation and then training it in preparation for RoboGames. Instruction and training will take place at your own pace using virtual sessions developed by Brad Pommen, Nelson Tech Club President.
Step 4: Follow the virtual lessons.
(Internet access and streaming capability is essential. Teams must also have access to a Windows or MAC computer to run coding software and use of an iPad, iPhone, Android or laptop/computer with Bluetooth to control the robot.)
Step 5: Attend RoboGames! The main event is here!
At the event day, the teams will compete their robot in up to two specialty events:
Obstacle course - Your robot will need to maneuver the obstacle course as quickly and carefully as possible. Navigate walls and obstacles to reach the end of maze.
Line following - This event utilizes the obstacle course, except you must follow the line from end to end. There may be crossed or intersected lines, as well as obstacles to create havoc. Speed and accuracy will be highly praised. The line will be about the thickness of electrical tape. Your mBot kit comes with a simple foldout example for line following.
Robot soccer: One on one - Grab the most robot soccer balls to your side in two minutes. In the center of the obstacle course is a pile for both teams to grab from. Each team has a 24″ line parallel to the back wall laying claim to your teams’s captured balls. Balls knocked out of the arena will cost you points. Balls can be stolen over and over. Robots may store the balls in some manner, but must release them before the clock runs out or they will not be counted in the final score.
Balloon popping - Which robot will pop the balloon first?! Enter the ring prepared to burst the balloon before your competitor. Make sure your robot isn't dangerous in the process. Your aim is to pop the balloon and not your competitor.
Special tricks - Think of something cool and crazy for your robot to do. Dance, tell a joke, fetch an object… use your imagination! Program your robot to do your evil, or not so evil bidding. No dangerous weapons, water, open flames or lasers allowed. Be creative, be awesome!
Robot battles - Two robots enter the open arena to compete as gladiators in the ultimate destruction event. Matches are limited to two minutes and judges will announce a winner. Last robot to make a meaningful hit, overall match polarity and gamesmanship will be rewarded.
Volunteer judges note:
each entry’s design and assembly
the programming and logic
the robot’s ability to problem-solve
the robot’s ability to adapt to challenging situations
Do you have questions abour RoboGames? Please contact Matt Martin, GLOWS coordinator.