The Robstacle Course

32nd Annual Engineering Design Competition

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 11:00am–2:00pm, Beckman Mall


The Mission

Ramp with seesaw

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.”

The Challenge

  • 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.

Team Name Team Members
GROUP 3 Chris McCarren 
David Watson 
Julian Thomassie 
Kai Kirk
SOUL Alex Place
Kyung Park
Jeff Orenstein
Edward Chu
Chris Dosen
TARGARYEN ALLIANCE James Hamilton 
Amanda Lin
Sandra Liu
Haojie Zhuang
TEAM FRIDGE
Joel Kosmatka
Jake Larson
Bismark Wong
Sherrie Yang
Brian Zdeb
V15TA Eduardo Plascencia
Yunsang Choi
Mayra Melendez 
William Yu
Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering