Challenge: Robot Control

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Participants:                            Individual


Objective:                                To control your robot as it creates a pattern.


Points Possible:                       100

Rules and Procedures: 


You will need a wall or box and something that is black – see the drawing below:

  1. The robot should start 90 degrees to the wall.
  2. It should move away from the wall for about 2 seconds.
  3. You then need to make an approximately 90 degree turn.
  4. Each distance should be at least 16 inches.
  5. You will then run parallel to the wall for 2 seconds.
  6. You will then turn 90 degrees and move forward until you detect a wall.
  7. Upon detecting the wall you will reverse the robot.
  8. The robot needs to run in reverse until it detects a black line.
  9. When it detects a black line it needs to stop and play 8 notes of music.
  10. You have unlimited time.
  11. The entire event must be completed.
  12. You must use our individual challenge robot.
Grading Guide: 


  1. If you can get the robot to perform correctly within 3 tries you get 100% of the points.
  2. Each attempt after the first 3 costs you 10% of the points.


  1. You can practice as much as you want. 
  2. Tell your instructor when you are ready to demonstrate an official attempt
  3. You cannot change our robot.
  4. If the tracks are slipping you may want to clean the tracks or the floor.
  5. Friction can make a big difference on this challenge.  There are a lot of places that friction can affect the robot performance.  You can check for friction on our robot.
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