FUTURE Foundation Robot Construction Challenge
The FUTURE Foundation exists to advance robotics and technology through education. The challenge this year is to build a personal service robot or robotics machine - a machine that would make its owner's life easier by doing a task that is repetitive, boring, tedious, difficult, or unpleasant. This robot or robotic machine could be used at home, in a hobby, in the garden, at school, camping, etc. The only requirement is that it is in some way a personal assistant, not as a work tool.
- 1st: 2012 FUTURE Foundation Robot Construction Challenge Award, $750 vexrobotics.com gift certificate, automatic team qualification for the 2012 VRC World Championship (if part of a registered VRC team)
- 2nd: $500 vexrobotics.com gift certificate
- 3rd: $250 vexrobotics.com gift certificate
- No team may submit more than one entry. Each team in a multi-team school or club program may enter this competition. Entries may represent a single team or multiple teams from the same school or club.
- This contest is open to students anywhere in the world currently registered in an education institution at the middle school, high school or college/university level, or to home school students younger than college/university level.
- Since this is a personal robot or robotic machine, it should be useful to an individual in a non-work setting. Your robot may either be a full-scale useful machine itself or it can be a working scale VEX prototype of a larger machine. An elegant and entertaining engineering solution demonstrated using VEX is the goal of this challenge.
- Four images showing the completed robot or robotic machine (front, back, side, top)
- Designs submitted in previous Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.
- Produce four images showing the completed machine from front, back, side, and top. Other angles are welcome, but not mandatory.
- Create a video of the robot in action posted to YouTube, not more than 120 seconds in length. After your 120 seconds of video demonstrating the robot, you may have up to 15 seconds of credits. The credits must be at the end, not the beginning of the video.
- Write a document of up to 500 words describing your robot and what it does in either Microsoft Word or PDF.
- 50 Points: How well does the entry meet the requirements?
- 20 Points: The video clearly shows the robot in action, and shows how it achieves the goals laid out in the written description.
- 20 Points: The degree to which the robot or robotic machine achieves the goal of being useful in providing service to its user. The robot or robotic machine is well made and functional, and safe in use.
- 10 Points: Written description is clear and informative