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First Australia Regional Robotics Competition

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by Jody Kimber (subscribe)
Freelance writing. Out of the urban clutter of the East and now situated on the Pittwater.
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Have you ever dreamed of creating your own robot?

Australia is holding its very own Regional Robotics Competition over the weekend of the 12th and 14th March 2015 at Sydney Olympic Park.

The First Regional Robotics Competition is about to bring us into the 22nd century, introducing us to all the amazing developments of thought by the current generation of mechanical computer literate geniuses.

The competition is open to children between 14 to 18 years of age. This event "brings together students and mentors to build robots that perform in a friendly ...environment with teams from around the world." (Source - FRC Australia Website.)

The teams have to build their robots in a 6 week timeframe before the competition date. This year's competition, like all the others, is based on a game that can bring the use of modern technology into a fun sports like arena. The aim is to create a new experience which might inspire others to look into the field of technology.

Aerial Assist is played by two competing Alliances of three robots, each on a flat 25' x 54' foot field, straddled by a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor.

The objective is to score as many balls in goals as possible during a 2.5 minute match. The more Alliances score their ball in their goals, and the more they work together to do it, the more points their Alliance receives.

The match begins with one 10-second Autonomous Period in which robots operate independently of driver. Each robot may begin with a ball and attempt to score it in a goal. Alliances earn bonus points for scoring balls in this mode and for any of their robots that move in to their zones.

For the rest of the match, drivers remotely control robots from behind a protective wall.

Alliances receive large bonuses for "assists," which are earned for each robot that has possession of the ball in a zone as the ball moves down the field.

The Robot must be created including software control systems within the 6 week timeframe prior to the competition.

It can be all quite complex computer and engineering skills combine to create what hopefully will look like well made, easily operated Robots that can perform the tasks required to compete effectively.

Let's hope it's a great success and that Sydney and Australia gets to see some amazing robotics at play.
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Why? The future is now.
When: 12th - 14th March 2015.
Where: Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: Free
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