This case competition is a special category of the Makeathon 2016 event hosted by MPowered and sponsored by National Instruments. The 2016 case competition focuses on robotics and manuevering obstacles.
All participants must be eligible to participate at the MPowered Makeathon 2016 and be signed up for the case competition. Teams will be made up of 3-5 people.
Vehicle intelligence, automation, and unmanned systems are becoming more prominent in the technology that surrounds us. For this challenge we are looking to design a vehichle (or robot) that can overcome one of it's greatest nightmares... the staircase. The goal is to build a vehicle that can maneuver it's way up and/or down a staircase while carrying a light payload.
Be creative! We want to see how students like you can engineering a better world using LabVIEW and myRIO.
For consistency the vehicles will be tested on a staircase specially created for this competition. The staircase will be available at the North Campus Art and Architecture Building for test runs before judging takes place. The vehicles are expected to be thethered to a power supply.
Each robot will be awarded points based on the criteria set below and the team with the most points wins. Each team should aim for as many points as possible using the same robot. Minimal reconfiguration is allowed between technical challenges. Each team will have at most 3 (cumulative) re-attempts at tasks 1-5.
|1||Climb up the staircase in individual steps||10 per step (Max 50)|
|2||Navigate down the stairs in individual steps... Carefully!||8 per step (Max 40)|
|3||Carry a load up a stair||5 per step (Max 25)|
|4||Carry a load down a stair||6 per step (Max 30)|
|5||No reconfiguration between tasks 1 and 2 (in any order)||20|
|6||Wireless monitoring or control||35|
|7||Tech Judge: Technical Creativity/Execution||Up to 50|
Art Judge: Artistic Appeal
|Up to 50|
Expert judges will be present at the event to award discretionary points based on certain criteria:
In addition to the available materials for the Makeathon event, the following parts are exclusively available to teams participating in this case competition:
The kits will be handed out at the start of the Makeathon 2016 event according to the schedule. The parts listed above must remain unmodified and should be returned at the end of the competition. Jumper cables, wires, splitters can be modified as necessary
Artistic Appeal [50 points]
How are the aesthetics and craftsmanship of the robot? How well-designed are the user interface and the code? How much thoughtfulness and intentionality was present in designing a robot that not only can be useful, but is also something beautiful that people can appreciate?
Make sure to prepare a short pitch about your robot, the thought process behind the design, why different design decisions were made, and anything else you want to include.
Technial Creativity / Execution [50 points]
How well were the electrical, software, and mechanical systems of the robot designed / built? What was your approach to the challenge and what sort of development process did you take? Did you encorporate any particularly creative or innovative solutions? Is there anything that you would have done differently, or what additional ideas would you pursue given more time?
Be prepared to discuss the design of the different systems (electrical, mechanical and software) of your robot, as well as the team's development strategy and any innovations the team made