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Welcome to the official website of the 2017 Sonoma County Robotics Challenge!

2017 Sonoma County Robotics Challenge
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Elsie Allen High School
599 Bellevue Avenue, Santa Rosa

Events & Official Rules

Challenge events are designed for beginner through advanced student competitors. Teams may choose to compete in one event or a combination of challenges. All competitors agree to abide with the general competition guidelines (pdf) and the rules for the specific competition events listed below:

Ping Pong Ball Handoff | Ping Pong Ball Handoff Rules (pdf)
The Ping Pong Ball Handoff is a collaborative challenge. It involves teams creating robots that will receive a ping pong ball from the left and pass it to another robot on the right. What makes this challenge creative and interesting is what happens in-between your inbox and the next inbox. Here's a YouTube video showing the "Great Ball Contraption" that was the inspiration for this event.


Capture the Flag | Capture the Flag Rules (pdf)
The objective of this event is to compete against another robot to locate and capture a flag within a one-minute time period.


Drag Racing | Drag Racing Rules (pdf)
The objective of this contest is to race your robot on a track that is 16 feet long and beat your opponent to the finish line. This yearís drag racing competition is open to grade 4-5 students only.


Free Form | Free Form Rules (pdf)
This yearís Free Form event challenges teams to explore the theme of ďAgricultureĒ with bonus points added for creating a routine or story on this theme. Entries will be judged on the robotís ability to follow action scripts, difficulty of tasks, and adherence to the theme. Participants may choose to enter the Beginning or Advanced competition categories in this event.


Off Road Racing | Off Road Racing Rules (pdf)
Off Road Racing involves a 16-foot long course with blocks of wood placed at different intervals. The object of this event is to overcome the barriers, stay on track, and finish with the best time.


Sumo | Sumo Novice Rules (pdf) | Sumo Advanced Rules (pdf)
Robot sumo wrestling engages two robot contestants in trying to push each other out of a circular ring. The first robot to touch the floor outside of the ring loses. The last robot remaining in the ring wins. This year's event features novice and advanced competition categories. Sumo Novice competitors are limited to grades 4-6 only. Any grade may compete in the advanced category.


Line Following Relay | Line Following Relay Rules (pdf)
This challenge involves designing two robots that will work as a line following relay race team. The winning team will complete the relay race in the shortest time.


Construction & Design Museum | Grades 1-6 | Display Rules (pdf)
Students in grades 1-6 are invited to display their Lego creations in the Construction and Design Museum. This year's theme is focused on Agriculture. To participate, students should build a Lego creation featuring an agriculture theme.


Tools & Materials

Teams should have these tools and materials with them at the event:

  • Garage. A garage serves as a container for your robot, protecting it from accidents that can happen in the hustle and bustle of a tournament.
  • Printout of your programs to show the judges
  • Backup of your programs on CD or flash drive
  • Extra batteries (AA or battery pack) and/or NXT/EV3 battery charger
  • Extra LEGO pieces
  • Practice course, if one was built
  • Infrared programming tower and/or USB connection cable from the kit
  • Any other hand tools that the team may need
  • Emergency contact numbers for team members
  • Note paper and writing utensils
  • Camera
  • Trinkets to share with other teams (buttons, stickers, etc.)
  • Practice area team banner and other decorations
  • Lunch or lunch money
  • Student participation forms (from Registration Packet)

Awards

Golden Propeller Head: A trophy is given to the team that best represents the spirit of the games by demonstrating excellence in teamwork, mechanical design, programming, and performance. The trophy is kept at their school until the following yearís competition, when it is handed off to the new team. The teamís name is engraved into a plaque on the side of the trophy.

Grand Gear Head Award for Mechanical Design: Awarded to the team whose robot best demonstrates solid mechanical design and function.

Genius Programmer Award: Awarded to the team that demonstrates the best use of robot programming.

Team Spirit Award: This award goes to the team that most enthusiastically demonstrates a commitment to getting others to see how accessible, fun, and rewarding science and technology can be, especially when youíre part of a great team. Displays chronicling your teamís outreach efforts are encouraged.

Best Overall Robot Performance Award: If your robot is performing ahead of the pack and the high scores are racking up, you are destined to receive this award.

Against All Odds Award: If you walked to the tournament in the rain, barefoot, through a jungle of angry robot-hating gorillas, this award may be for you! The award goes to the team that has come from the back of the pack to demonstrate grace under pressure, while improvising and adapting to overcome all obstacles that have been thrown their way.



Training resources, videos and other materials for the Sonoma County Robotics Challenge can be found here.