Roboticon

Roboticon

Over the weekend of March 18th and 19th, 2017, Roboticon, our robot-building and programming challenge, entered its 16th year at the University of Guelph.  This year, we had 27 teams from schools across Ontario participate in our Nintendo-themed robotics challenge. Congratulations to the top three winning teams:

First Place: Aces of Hyrules, Voskamp Academy
Second Place:
Crazy Coders, Voskamp Academy
Third Place: Grand Alliance One, Brantford Collegiate Institute Vocational School

Please stay tuned for Roboticon 2018! Registration will open January 2018.

Male student handling robot

Roboticon is an annual event run in partnership with the School of Computer Science and the Society of Computing and Information Science (SOCIS). It is an exciting opportunity for high school students to learn more about the field of Computer Science by designing and building LEGO Mindstorms robots to complete a series of challenges designed by our undergraduate students. Under strict rules and time limits, teams of students are challenged to build and program robots by sharpening teamwork skills and performing set tasks against a field of competitors. Our First Place winners will receive a brand new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit and we will be giving away Second and Third Place LEGO gift card prizes!

Teaching Programming, Engineering and Science using Robotics

The event provides young high school students with the opportunity for practical application and demonstration of math, programming and engineering skills, as well as promoting teamwork, collaboration and sportsmanship. Last year, we had almost 20 teams from high schools across Ontario that participated in the robotics challenge, where they demonstrated what they had learned to an audience that included University staff and faculty, families, friends and members of the Guelph community.

This event is open to all high school students. Roboticon is a completely free event to attend and all meals for the competition will be provided. The School of Computer Science will loan and mail out LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits to teams that register on a first come, first serve basis. Get a team and a teacher or mentor together to register your team!

Competition Format

  1. Teams of up to four high-school students will build and program robots using LEGO Mindstorms kits to complete two challenges.
  2. The first challenge will be posted two months in advacne so students have the option to get a head start. Upon arrival, the students will have time to build and test their designs on our practice track. There will be two heats for this challenge, with build-time in between for students to tweak their designs.
  3. The second challenge will be presented to the competitors at the end of the first day of the competition, with two heats occurring on the second day. Winners will be announced, with the first place team receiving a brand new LEGO Mindstorms EV3.
  4. If your team needs to borrow a LEGO EV3 Mindstorms for the competition, we will be lending out a number of kits on a first come, first serve basis. We will mail out the kits as coaches register their teams for the event.

Come explore the interesting world of hardware building and software programming. If you want to learn more about this event and register, e-mail us at liaison@socs.uoguelph.ca.