Acquire – Secure – Deposit: VEX Robotic Competition

Competition Summary

Junior High and High School teams shall compete in a timed VEX Robotic Competition where the goal is to have a weight optimized Robot traverse a specified course, acquire a specified object located at a specified location, secure the object for transport, and then deposit the object at a specified location.

Competition Schedule, Friday, March 1, 2019 in the UE Carson Center, Practice Gym

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Onsite Team Sign-in
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Robot Inspection and Weighing
10:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. VEX Robotic Competition (random drawing to determine competition order)
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Awards

Robot Specifications

  • Only VEX standard structural, mechanical, electrical, control (incl. radio control), sensor, and programming components to be utilized
  • Robot to be designed to traverse the 2 ft. wide competition course without going out-of-bounds
  • Robot to be designed to Acquire – Secure – Deposit” a Tennis Ball that has a hole in it to facilitate its positioning on a platform with a vertical 1/4 inch diameter wooden dowel pin.
  • Robot optimized weight will be evaluated with respect to a 1.50 pound baseline. Robots weighing less than 1.5 pounds (including batteries and any required handheld radio control module) will have time points deducted; Robots weighing more than 1.5 pounds will have time points added.

Competition Rules

  • The goal of the competition is to have a Robot traverse the “L-shaped” course (Figure 1 and Figure 2) in the least time possible (accumulating the least amount of competition time points), while performing a “Acquire – Secure – Deposit” series of tasks involving a Tennis Ball.
    Figure 1. Competition Course Layout Note: Judge locations denoted by "J"
    Figure 2. Platform Elevation View
  • The Tennis Ball is to be “Acquired” at a specific location atop the Platform, “Secured” for transport, and “Deposited” in a Basket at a specific location on the floor
  • Teams may consist of 6th – 12th grade Junior High and High School students. Student team members do not need to be from the same school
  • Teams may consist of a max. of 8 students plus 1 adult advisor, but only 2 student pilots can be on the course in the Figure 1 identified locations during the run
  • Pilots can not physically touch the Robot (excl. any applicable handheld radio control module) and must remain in their Figure 1 identified locations during the run once the competition run clock has commenced
  • One course competition run per team
  • No practice runs will be allowed
  • Judges shall be placed primarily at the locations denoted in Figure 1, but may move to any location at any time
  • The course shall consist of a taped ”L-shaped”, 2 ft. wide path on industrial, small nap carpet with a wooden stepped, elevated Platform. See Figure 1 and Figure 2 for specific dimensions
  • A disqualification will occur if any team member touches the Robot after the start of the competition run or otherwise leaves the designated Figure 1 Pilot Location(s)
  • A disqualification will occur if the Robot turns over and/or is otherwise not responsive in regards to completing the course. A Robot that turns over but corrects itself and is capable of completing the course will be allowed to continue its run
  • A disqualification will occur if a Robot fails to Acquire the Tennis Ball from atop the Platform or if a Robot fails to Deposit the Tennis Ball in the Basket

Competition Rubric

The overall Competition Time Points (min:sec) shall be the summation of the below noted items:

  • Overall course completion time (min:sec) of a single competition run starting from behind the START line to first touching the FINISH line
  • Each occurrence of a Robot and/or Tennis Ball touching or crossing over the out-of-bounds tape will add 20 seconds to the point total without stopping the clock. A competition official will replace an out-of-bounds Tennis Ball with a replacement Tennis Ball at the point of out-of-bounds determination without stopping the clock.
  • If a Robot goes completely out-of-bounds, it must re-enter the course at the original out-of-bounds determination point without stopping the clock. This action will add 40 seconds to the point total.
  • Each occurrence of failing to “Secure” the tennis ball after “Acquiring” it (i.e. dropping the Tennis Ball) will add 60 seconds to the point total
  • Robots weighing less than 1.5 pounds (including batteries and any required handheld radio control module) will have time points deducted at [(1.5 pound - Actual Weight)*120 seconds/1.5 pound]; Robots weighing more than 1.5 pounds will have time points added at [(Actual Weight - 1.5 pound)*120 seconds/1.5 pound]

Competition Prize

  • A single $500 prize will be awarded to the team that has the lowest Competition Time Points
  • 2nd and 3rd place teams shall also receive a monetary prize
  • Monetary prizes will be awarded via check payable to identified team(s) School Name

Student teams must register at www.evansville.edu prior to Friday, March 1, 2019 to be included in the competition. The team registration fee is $25 and permits a max. of 8 students plus 1 adult advisor entry into the VEX Robotic Competition. Students or adult advisors that wish to attend the ASEE Regional Conference must register for the conference separately at https://www.evansville.edu/aseeconference2019/.