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Competition Rules

  1. The competition will take place in an arena that will be set up in the laboratory.
  2. Each heat of the competition will last for 10 minutes. This will be preceded by a five minute preparation time when each team will position their robot in their starting area.
  3. At the start of the competition there will be a twenty second grace period for each team to start their robot. If they touch their robot after this time they will lose points on each occasion.
  4. Each robot will start the competition within its allocated starting square "base" (30 cm X 30 cm) of a colored tile (The two bases will have different colors, green and black, for identification). A robot will be randomly assigned to a base during a competition round.
  5. “Meteorites” are 2.5 cm diameter polystyrene balls painted red and “rocks” are similar balls painted blue.
  6. Each meteorite returned to home base is worth 4 points and for each rock returned to home base 1 point will be deducted. At the start of the competition, the arena will contain 40 rocks and 15 meteorites placed at random. A rock/meteorite will be considered 'in' the home base if and only if it is touching the home base floor material.
  7. Each team is allowed to raid the competitor's base and "steal" the collected meteorites.
  8. At the start and end of the competition each robot should consist of one unit. No robot will be allowed to start the competition in more than one piece and if it finishes in more than one piece the team will lose points. The definition of 'one piece' includes that the parts of the robot are structurally connected (so that if lifted a short distance all of the robot is raised up) and not just attached by string or wires.
  9. The robots should be designed so that they do not damage the opponent team's robot, and also the rocks/meteorites as they manipulate them. Robots which have been designed to damage the opponent's robot (in the opinion of the judges) will be disqualified from the competition.
  10. As power sources, only alkaline or Ni-MH batteries are allowed. It is recommended that batteries should be used only in the demonstrations and competitions, and during the development you should use the bench power supplies and wires to power up the meteorite hunters.
  11. Each team is allowed to spend up to $100 on additional items but these must be itemised and costed in the final report. Note that
    • You are only allowed to use parts which are currently commercially available for other teams to buy as well. This would rule out items bought some time ago, second hand items or items bought from friends at a reduced price.
    • If you buy an item but only use part of it then the full price of the item must come out of your allocated budget.
    • Additional items may not include any other sources of power such as compressed gas cylinders, or rocket motors, etc.
  12. Robots will have to fit in their bases (i.e. their dimensions can not exceed 30 cm X 30 cm).
Topic revision: r14 - 2012-09-13 - AhmetSekercioglu
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