2021 Robotics Challenge
Accommodations have been made to the 2021 Sonoma County Robotics Challenge to meet the needs of K-8 students who have interests in mechanical design, robots, coding and STEAM. Planners have assembled alternative challenges that are safe, fun and promote themes from the traditional event using accessible items. K-8 students are encouraged to explore options and submit entries through the 2021 Virtual Sonoma County Robotics Challenge.
We hope to resume the Sonoma County Robotics Challenge in the 2021-2022 school year!
2019 Event Video
Catch some of the energy, learning and excitement by viewing this video from the 2019 challenge:
Prior Year Events
2017 Robotics Challenge | Results
2016 Robotics Challenge | Results
Challenge Event Robots
Lego Mindstorm Robots are used by event competitors. This product was selected because it has a programmable brick, open design & construction options, a variety of sensors, learning materials and programming applications that are accessible to beginning through advanced users. An overview of these robots is offered here:
- Lego Mindstorm EV 3 This is the most popularly used robot set among challenge event competitors. Introduced in Fall 2013, this kit has over 400 Lego elements, including a programmable brick, learning materials, and apps that can run on computers, tablets and Chromebooks.
- Lego Mindstorm NXT Introduced in 2006, this set was discontinued in 2015. A commercial version can still be purchased at some retail stores. The NXT series is still being used among competitors for beginning and advanced events.
- Lego Mindstorm RCX This set was introduced in 1998 and discontinued in 2009. It is no longer available for purchase. The software for the RCX programmable brick will not run on newer computers and most schools use this set only for beginning level events.
Working with EV3 Mindstorm Sets
This is an excellent set of EV3 video tutorials from Dale Yocum of Stemcentric sharing ideas about Lego's new EV3 smart brick and programming language.
Working with NXT Mindstorm Sets
This great NXT video tutorial covers all the basics and is good for new coaches and students.
Projects for NXT 1.0
Here are some free NXT project instructions and programs, including one for Line Following. The site provides opportunities for teams to see projects and learn about programming.
Working with RCX Mindstorm Sets
RCX Building Guide
TankBot Instructions (pdf)