Frequently asked questions

Where are the assembly instructions?

While the parts for the robot kit are numerous, it’s an easy task. See the Unboxing and Assembly Lesson.

Remember, RoboGames is not about everyone build the same “cookie cutter” robot kit. Instead, this event is meant to inspire teams to create a robot from their own imagination. Overcoming obstacles is all part of that process and is encouraged that teams test ideas, build a robot and continually rework their ideas. Please ensure you follow all lessons and be open to exploring this great kit with an open mind and sense of adventure.

What can I build my robot with?

The RoboGames 2017 “Official mBot Kit” is our kit of choice for first time competitors, but any Arduino or Raspberry Pi based robot is allowed in the competition. This kit has all the essential electronic components we recommend using, the rest is up to you. Access to paint, popsicle sticks and hot glue guns make prototyping fast and easy. Repurposing old or broken toys into the design is highly encouraged.

Lego Mindstorms robots are not allowed to compete in this event.

Remote control, Bluetooth, Wifi, and Autonomous robots are each allowed. Each robot will be judged based on application, execution and difficulty of the technology utilized.

Things that are NOT allowed

  • Flaming Throwers
  • Spinning Saw Blades
  • Water Guns
  • EMP
  • Dangerous Stuff

Robots must be safety approved prior to entry to the Main Event will be allowed.

What are the RoboGames Events?

Obstacle Course

Your robot will need to maneuver the obstacle course as quickly and carefully as possible. Navigate walls and obstacles to reach the end of maze. See our FAQ page for ideas on the shape and size of the obstacle course layout.

Line Following Course

This event utilizes the obstacle course, except you must follow the line from end to end. There may be crossed or intersected lines, as well as obstacles to create havoc. Speed and accuracy will be highly praised. The line will be about the thickness of electrical tape. Your mBot kit comes with a simple foldout example for line following.

Robot Soccer 1-on-1

Grab the most robot soccer balls to your side in two minutes. In the center of the obstacle course is a pile for both teams to grab from. Each team has a 24″ line parallel to the back wall laying claim to your teams’s captured balls. Balls knocked out of the arena will cost you points. Balls can be stolen over and over. Robots may store the balls in some manner, but must release them before the clock runs out or they will not be counted in the final score. Lego Mindstorms’ standard blue and red 52mm balls will be used in this event.

Special Trick Competition

Think of something cool and crazy for your robot to do. Dance, tell a joke, fetch an object… use your imagination! Program your robot to do your evil, or not so evil bidding. No dangerous weapons, water, open flames or lasers allowed. Be creative, be awesome!

Robot Battles

Two robots enter the open arena to compete as gladiators in the ultimate destruction event. Matches are limited to 2 minutes and judges will announce a winner. Last robot to make a meaningful hit, overall match polarity and gamesmanship will be rewarded.

What are the robot arena dimensions?

  • Accuracy is completely overrated, and wrong in this picture. Mileage may vary.
  • It’s built from 3-1/2″ square wood post beams from the hardware store.

How will robot teams be judged?

The competition will be judged using a tallied-points system. Each team will be judged on multiple different aspects of the competition to reach a total score determined by the criteria. Team abilities to troubleshoot and overcome obstacles will be important aspects to keep in mind.

Judges decisions will be final.

You came, you saw, you conquered. You understand how to make your robot come alive and look good doing it. Your robot is functional, navigates obstacles and competed valiantly in the competitions. Judge will assess the team’s ability to problem solve and adapt to overcome challenging situations. Both the team AND the robots are assessed on the following:

Example Points

  • Programming
  • Design
  • Assembly
  • Creativity
  • Problem Solving
  • Awesomeness

Example Point Deductions

  • Restarting
  • Excess Time

This is not an exhaustive list, judges will use their discretion.

Restarting the robot

  • In the same location or from start of course.
  • Robot must be restarted promptly to avoid additional penalties.

Excessive Time

  • Time taken to complete the obstacle course or line following course exceeds 2 mins.
  • All teams are given 2 minutes without penalty.

Not completing the event

  • If your robot chokes or goes up in smoke, that’s rough. See you next year with another entry.
  • You will still be judged on all applicable criteria for the event.