The goal of the RoboPlay Competitions is to broaden student participation in computing, science, technology, engineering, and math (C-STEM) education with positive youth development for all students. The teamwork involved in the RoboPlay Competitions will engage all students, including those who are inclined to pursue careers in the arts or humanities.
The RoboPlay Challenge Competition is designed for K-14 students to showcase their real-world problem solving skills in a competitive environment. This competition simulates an unexpected problem occurring at a remote location such as a space station or planetary habitat, where a robotic solution must be quickly developed and deployed, using only existing resources. The competition challenges students to creatively use modular robots and accessories to complete various tasks. The competition arena and specific challenge will be kept secret until the day of the competition. Using their math, programming, and problem solving skills, students try to most efficiently get the highest score for each task.
The Linkbot, a breakthrough educational modular robot developed by Barobo Inc., a UC Davis spin-off company and C-STEM industrial partner will be used for RoboPlay. A single Linkbot is a fully functional robot. It can roll, crawl, stand, tumble, etc. In addition the Linkbot can also be used as a building block to create a snake, tank, trunk, humanoid, and any system that can be imagined. Each building block is fully programmable, which makes the combined system extremely flexible and versatile. Programming a single Linkbot and multiple Linkbots can be easily accomplished by students in grades 5-12.
Awards will go to the first, second, and third place winners of their respective divisions at each location as well as statewide first, second, and third place winners across the three C-STEM Day Locations.
Registration Deadline: April 18, 2014
For registration information, click here.
Date for Challenge Competition & Awards Ceremony: C-STEM Day, May 31, 2014
Locations for Challenge Competition & Awards Ceremony: UC Davis Pavilion and UC Irvine
RoboPlay Challenge Competition Relevant Documents
- Call For Participation and RoboPlay Challenge Competition Rules: All competition information including divisions, rules, equipment, contact information
- General Rules Document.
- Instructions for Creating Teams: After you have registered, you need to create your teams on the Team Scoreboard. This document will take you step by step through that process. To access this scoreboard, your registration PO or check must have been received by the C-STEM Center.
- Suggested programs document contains robotics programs that your students should be well acquainted with.
- Challenge Tasks in 2013 RoboPlay Challenge Competition: Please use these previous year’s challenges to practice with your students.
- Last Year’s Challenge Board: Teams can build last year’s challenge board to practice for the competition.