The Robstacle Course
32nd Annual Engineering Design Competition
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 11:00am–2:00pm, Beckman Mall
The fundamental challenge of engineering design is solving problems while meeting basic physical constraints. This year ME72 students formed teams to design, build, and operate, under manual and/or autonomous control, a team of 3 robotic vehicles that can successfully navigate and transfer a baton between challenging sections of the robot obstacle “Robstacle” course.
Competition design challenges include:
- Autonomous navigation by robot 1 through an array of cones in the “pylon field” during the first 30 s period at the start of each match.
- Successful transfer of the baton between robot 1 and robot 2 within an open area at the end of the pylon field either during the autonomous period or the tele-operated period which follows.
- Tele-operated navigation by robot 2 up an inclined ramp and onto a 4-ft high elevated platform.
- Retrieval of a 1-kg mass by robot 2 from the elevated platform to increase it’s overall weight before executing the second baton transfer.
- A second baton transfer between robot 2 and robot 3 stationed at the opposite end of a see-saw, which spans the 10-ft gap between the first elevated ramp and platform and an identical (mirrored) ramp and platform on the opposite side.
- Elevation of robot 3 to the elevated 4-ft high platform via the see-saw
- Navigation by robot 3 down the second ramp and through a pinned gravity-driven gate which robot 3 must open.
- Navigation through the final open stretch to the baton repository at the end of the “Robstacle Course.”
- Each team must design and construct 3 robots, which are operated under radio control and stationed at baton transfer locations along the course.
- Autonomous navigation of the pylon field by robot 1
- Successful baton transfers
- Navigation up the ramp and retrieval of a 1-kg mass (or more)
- See-saw baton transfer between robot 2 and robot 3 and elevation of robot 3 to the second elevated platform via the see-saw.
- Successful navigation by robot 3 down the final ramp, through the pinned gravity-driven gate, and on to the baton depository.
- The first team to deposit it’s baton wins the heat.
- Round robin double elimination followed by a single elimination round to determine the overall champion.