Welcome to the temporary homepage of the RoboCupRescue Rapidly Manufactured Robot Challenge!

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About the Competition:

RoboCupRescue is a research competition that encourages students to develop innovative solutions to open response robotics problems in Search and Rescue, Hazardous Materials Response, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Tactical Reconnaissance.

The Rapidly Manufactured Robot Challenge brings this competition to the high school and undergraduate classroom. It focuses on the challenges of robots operating in confined spaces and makes use of recent advances in low cost rapid prototyping, electronics and sensors to lower the barrier of entry into robotics research.

The Challenge:

A wide variety of challenges face response robots operating in confined spaces. This competition encourages teams to develop solutions to problems that include driving over rough terrain, sensing the environment, picking up and delivering objects, intuitive operator control and autonomous behaviours. Solutions to these challenges will be highly interdisciplinary, covering mechanics, electronics, computing and art. The competition is structured so as to reward teams that do well overall, as well as teams that demonstrate innovative advances in specific challenges.

The Community:

The RoboCupRescue Robot League is an international community of teams from all over the world. Administered by the US Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology, in collaboration with an international committee of organisers, this community uses competitions and teaching camps to advance the state of the art in response robotics. Alumni of this competition include the Quince robots that were crucial in the response to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster.

The Robots:

A major component of this competition is the sharing of developments between teams and the wider community. While robots may be constructed using any method, including construction kits such as Lego and Vex, teams are encouraged to consider adopting the Open Academic Robot Kit. This family of low cost, 3D printed robot designs allows teams from around the world, from high school through to PhD level, to share their innovations.

The Arena and Competition:

The area is designed to be easy to construct from parts available in any hardware and construction store and the tools available in a high school workshop. It is designed to be small and easy to stack for classroom use and storage. Details of how to build the arena are available by following the links in the upper menu of this page.

Updated Team Description Materials from past years