MathWorks FollowThePath Challenge
MathWorks, the makers of MATLAB and Simulink, aims to engage students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning at a young age to help prepare them for success at the university level and beyond. The MathWorks FollowThePath Challenge will introduce participants to Model-Based Design using Simulink. Participants will use complimentary software to design a line follower algorithm for a simulated drone.
This challenge provides an opportunity to simulate and learn path planning, image processing, and control systems for a drone line follower. The challenge is open to all student teams participating in REC Foundation’s Aerial Drone Competition or VEX VRC Robotics Competition and presents an opportunity for the top team to compete at VEX Worlds or an Aerial Drone Championship.
View the recording of the October 17, 2023, MathWorks FollowThePath Challenge Ask Me Anything webinar for more information about this challenge!
|Elementary School||Middle School||High School||College / University||No Grade Level Restrictions|
|VEX Robotics Competition||Aerial Drone Competition||VEX IQ Robotics Competition||VEX AI Competition - High School|
One (1) Winner: $500 VEX Robotics gift certificate & 1st place trophy; if the winning entry is from a VIQRC, VRC, or Aerial Drone Competition team that has competed in their program with a physical robot/drone during their competition season, they will also receive an automatic qualification to the 2024 VEX World Championships or an Aerial Drone Regional Championship.
Four (4) Finalists: $100 VEX Robotics gift certificate
Teams must be part of a registered VEX Robotics Competition or Aerial Drone Competition team for the current season.
Only one entry per team is permitted. However, each team in a multi-team school or club program may submit one entry. For example, teams 123A and 123B could each submit an entry, but team 123A could not submit two entries. Entries must vary in content and presentation to be considered separate entries.
Entries submitted in previous years’ Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.
Entries must be created and produced solely by student team members. It is acceptable for adults to assist with downloading and installing any necessary resources where students may need permission.
By uploading a submission to an REC Foundation Online Challenge, you agree to follow the Submission Guidelines and certify that you understand the Intellectual Property Rights held by you and the REC Foundation regarding your submission. Please review the Submission Guidelines and Intellectual Property Rights information at this link before uploading your submission.
NOTE: Entries for this challenge are not visible to the public, and can only be viewed by administrators and assigned judges.
To get started with the basics to compete in the challenge, use the following steps:
Getting Started with the Challenge
Access the software
You have two options to access the getting started model- you can either install the tools on the machine or you can access the model from your browser.Option 1: Install on a machine
Option 2: Access from browser
Help and Support
For help and support, participants can reach out to MathWorks at [email protected] with the subject line “Query/ Support – MathWorks FollowThePath Challenge – “ team # ”).
A submission must meet these minimum requirements in order to be judged.
Note: Beginning with the 2023-24 season, challenge entries must be uploaded by the primary contact for a registered team. This individual should ensure that the submission meets all requirements and criteria before uploading.
The challenge will be judged by MathWorks engineers and specially-trained volunteers.
The model will be evaluated bashttps://challenges.robotevents.com/challenge/244ed on the capability of completing the line follower track followed by landing on the circular marker.
The model will be tested on multiple tracks with multiple numbers of track sections oriented at different angles. The color of the track for the simulation round will be Red (#FF0000).
The model performance will be assessed, prioritizing the algorithm in the following order of importance:
Code generation capability of the model.
Number of tracks completed by the drone, including soft landings on the circular marker; completing a higher number of unknown tracks will result in a higher score.
Accuracy of the path traced by the drone with respect to the track laid in the Simulink 3D environment; the closer the drone is to the track, the higher the score.
Time taken by the drone to complete a track; a shorter time will result in a higher score.
The most efficient and accurate algorithm that completes the highest number of tracks in the shortest simulation time will win the competition.