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The robot contest is part of a larger University
Open House day which includes contests in everything from flower arranging to pancake flipping.
CIRC Central Illinois Bot Brawl
Lakeview Museum, Peoria, IL
This event includes RC combat, autonomous
Sumo, line-following, line maze. Autonomous and
7-8 AMD Jerry Sanders Creative Design Contest
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL
Boonshoft Museum Robot Rumble
Boonshoft Museum, Dayton, OH
This event includes robot building and competition.
Check the website for the details of this year’s contest.
7-8 National Robotics Challenge
Offers a variety of robot events for middle school,
high school, and post-secondary students. In
addition to traditional robot Sumo, students can TBA
also create models of an industrial robot work cell
or — the most interesting — build robots that can
create graphic works of art.
Penn State Abington Mini Grand Challenge
Penn State Abington, Abington, PA
Includes outdoor autonomous mobile robot navigation.
Fort Collins Robot Fire Fighting Challenge
Discovery Science Center, Fort Collins, CO
This is a regional for the Trinity College Fire Fighting
Robot contest. Autonomous robots must locate
and extinguish a flame in a scale model of a home.
Includes quick trip: an entry-level event where the
robot moves from A to B and back; line-following:
the robot must follow a line on the floor; T-time:
the robot moves through three points on a
T-shaped course; and can can: the robot must
locate and retrieve empty soda cans.
15-16 Manitoba Robot Games
Tec Voc High School, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Included in this competition are a mix of events
for autonomous and remote-controlled robots
including Japanese style mini-Sumo, Western style
Sumo, a robot Mini-Tractor Pull, Super Scramble,
line-following, and the Robo-Critters contest for kids.
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
Includes game competition — two autonomous robots
work together. Also robot exhibition, RoboSumo,
RoboFashion show, and mini urban robot challenge.
12-13 Trinity College Fire Fighting Home Robot contest
Trinity College, Hartford, CT
University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
The well-known championship event for fire
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