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Elementary Robotics Showcase

Hybrid Competition

The Robotics Showcase is a team event. Teams of four to eight members will design, program, construct, and implement their robot in order to address the 2022-2023 Robotics Challenge: Search, Rescue, Retrieve.

Teams will bring preconstructed robots and props to showcase their interpretation of the challenge having incorporated skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. A club may have only one entry.

Competition Guidelines

  • Teams must consist of four to eight members.
  • Teams will bring a preconstructed robot from their choice of materials that can perform one or more of the functions that abide by the 2022-2023 Robotics Challenge: Search, Rescue, Retrieve.
  • The school name, team name, robot name, and a short description of the robot’s functions must be included in the performance area. Keep in mind to make this information visible for viewing.
  • Set-up time for robots and all props will be no more than 15 minutes. Two adults may assist the team during the set-up time.
  • Teams will be given two minutes to demonstrate and explain the challenge.
  • Each robot must comply with all specifications listed.
  • Teams will be given an area of 12 feet x 12 feet to perform the challenge.
  • In order to showcase the functions of their robot, teams may bring additional props/materials to use in conjunction with their robots to effectively perform the challenge.
  • Teams may wear coordinating outfits/costumes that represent their interpretation of the challenge.
  • Team members may only enter the 12 feet x 12 feet performance area to reset props/materials.
  • Teams will continue to perform the challenge throughout the designated competition time.
  • Electricity will not be available in the designated competition space.
  • Due to different types of flooring at convention sites, teams are allowed to bring their own flooring material, but it must fit within the performance area.
  • Teams must clean their assigned space and remove robots and props immediately following competition.
  • If a club chooses to submit virtually for a hybrid competition, the entry must be submitted electronically. See the Virtual Appendix for directions.**

Robot Specifications

  • The student built robot may be made of a variety of materials, but must fit within a 24”x24”x24” cube. This means that the robot’s measurements for height, width, and length must be less than or equal to 24”.
  • Robots may be constructed from a kit or built from the ground up. They may be fully automated, controlled by a remote, tethered or coded.
  • All robots are to be electrically powered only. No combustion engines allowed.
  • Liquids may not be used in any form of the challenge.
  • All power sources must be 100% contained in the robot body.
  • Robots must be singular in form. No secondary robots or self-propelled devices that detach themselves from the main robot will be allowed.
  • All robots with active moving parts must have a master kill switch that deactivates the moving parts immediately.
  • Operable push outs or extensions are allowed; however, when contracted, the robot must still comply with the 24” length, width, and height limits.

Educational Connections

  • Critical Thinking, Decision Making, and Analytical Skills
  • Creativity and Collaboration
  • Computational Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)
  • Students will investigate, and find solutions, designs, and strategies from an infinite number of possibilities using inquiry, collaboration, and process-based learning.

Judging Criteria

Robotics Showcase 16-20 11-15 6-10 1-5
Innovation/Creativity Excellent use of innovation and creativity in applying new, unique or unexpected features, designs, programs and/ or applications in performing the task. Good use of innovation and creativity in applying new, unique or unexpected features, designs, programs and/ or applications in performing the task. Average use of innovation and creativity in applying new, unique or unexpected features, designs, programs and/ or applications in performing the task. Minimal use of innovation and creativity in applying new, unique or unexpected features, designs, programs and/ or applications in performing the task.
Mission/Team Strategy Excellent ability to clearly define, communicate and describe the team strategy in completing the task(s). Good ability to clearly define, communicate and describe the team strategy in completing the task(s). Average ability to clearly define, communicate and describe the team strategy in completing the task(s). Minimal ability to clearly define, communicate and describe the team strategy in completing the task(s).
Automation/Navigation Excellent ability of the robot to perform as intended with minimal intervention and/or program timing. Ability to achieve one or more of the tasks in the challenge. Good ability of the robot to perform as intended with minimal intervention and/or program timing. Ability to achieve one or more of the tasks in the challenge. Average ability of the robot to perform as intended with minimal intervention and/or program timing. Ability to achieve one or more of the tasks in the challenge. Minimal ability of the robot to perform as intended with minimal intervention and/or program timing. Ability to achieve one or more of the tasks in the challenge.
Robot Durability and Complexity Excellent evidence of structural durability and complexity including the ability to withstand the rigors of competition. Good evidence of structural durability and complexity including the ability to withstand the rigors of competition. Average evidence of structural durability and complexity including the ability to withstand the rigors of competition. Minimal evidence of structural durability and complexity including the ability to withstand the rigors of competition.
Design Process Excellent explanation of team’s design process to include alternatives, improvements and decisions made to determine the robot’s ability in completing task(s). Good explanation of team’s design process to include alternatives, improvements and decisions made to determine the robot’s ability in completing task(s). Average explanation of team’s design process to include alternatives, improvements and decisions made to determine the robot’s ability in completing task(s). Minimal explanation of team’s design process to include alternatives, improvements and decisions made to determine the robot’s ability in completing task(s).
Deductions This will be taken one time by the coordinator. Did not follow competition guidelines -10    

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