The Challenge: Identify a real world problem that exists today and create a robot that solves the problem. The problem must be solved by using only one robot that uses sensors to run autonomously. The student team (3-4 members) must have a highly creative and engaging performance that keeps the audience engaged.


The Criteria:

Robot

  • Successfully complete the task(s) to solve the problem
  • Runs on a complex code
  • Robot must fit within a 24in x 24in x 24in cube
  • Solves the problem within the performance area (10ft x 10ft)

Performance

  • Story or explanation of real-world problem
  • Explanation of how robot solves the problem in a new way
  • Defend that the solution is new
  • Creative solution
  • All team members actively participating with high energy
  • Keeps the audience engaged at a high level

The Scorecard: Teams will be judged on the relevance of their problem, the robot’s ability to solve the problem effectively, and on their overall performance.

 

5 4 3 2 1 0
Problem The problem is clearly identified, defined, & communicated. The problem is a valid problem that exists today.The problem was solved in a creative manner. The problem is clearly identified, defined, & communicated. The problem is a valid problem that exists today. Solution was accurate but lacked creativity. The problem is identified, defined, & communicated but was somewhat unclear. Solution existed but was somewhat inaccurate or lacked creativity. The problem is clearly identified, defined, & communicated however, the problem is not relevant today. The problem is not clearly identified, defined, or communicated. The problem is somewhat relevant today. No problem is identified or problem identified is not relevant today.
Robot Success The robot successfully completes all tasks to solve the problem without any missteps. The robot successfully completes all tasks to solve the problem with < 2 human interventions. The robot successfully completes some tasks to solve the problem without any human interventions. The robot successfully completes all tasks to solve the problem with < 5 human interventions. The robot successfully completes some tasks to solve the problem but requires human intervention. The robot does not complete the tasks necessary to solve the problem. The problem is not solved.
Performance Performance clearly explained the problem and solution. There was a logical sequence to the storyline. The performance was high energy & kept the audience fully engaged. Performance clearly explained the problem and solution. There was a logical sequence to the storyline. The performance was energetic and kept the audience engaged most of the time. Performance clearly explained the problem and solution. There was a logical sequence to the storyline. The performance was energetic and kept the audience engaged some of the time. Performance explains the problem and solution with a semi-logical sequence to the storyline. The performance was energetic and kept the audience engaged. Performance explains the problem and solution but lacks a logical sequence to the storyline. The performance was energetic and kept the audience engaged. Performance explains the problem and solution but lacks a logical sequence to the storyline. The performance was somewhat energetic and kept the audience engaged some of the time..
Teamwork All team members shared an equal and active role in the performance. The team demonstrated a high level of cooperation. All team members shared an equal and active role in the performance. The team demonstrated a moderate level of cooperation. All team members had an active role in the performance however, not equal. The team demonstrated a high level of cooperation. Most team members had an active role in the performance however, not equal. The team demonstrated a high level of cooperation. Most team members had an active role in the performance however, not equal. The team demonstrated a moderate level of cooperation. Some team members did not have an active role in the performance. Teamwork demonstrates a low level of cooperation.
Engineering Notebook A thorough engineering notebook with documentation of the entire engineering process is submitted. N/A An engineering notebook with documentation of the some/most of the engineering process is submitted. N/A An engineering notebook with little documentation of some of the engineering process is submitted. No engineering notebook submitted.

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The Application Process: Teams will complete an application and submit a written proposal for both their problem and solution. The proposal should include research-based evidence to support both the existence of the problem and validity of the solution. The proposal should also be creative and provide a glimpse into the storyline that will “hook” the judges.

Applications and proposals are due by December 16, 2016 and a list of accepted teams will be announced January 13, 2016. Applications (and any questions) should be submitted via email to Kailey Williams at:

kaileywilliams@CharlotteSTEAM.org .

Robotics Challenge Application