The Watauga SumoBot Competition

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Part of the 2016 NC Science Festival 
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Supported by:

         Panera Bread Company

            Cogmation Robotics


             Super Droid Robots

Welcome to the Watauga SumoBot Competition Web Site


Robotic sumo is a competition where two robots, known as sumo-bots, attempt to push each other out of an arena using sensors, clever programming, and innovative design. The arena for the contest is a 4-foot diameter circle, and the time given for each round is 3 minutes. Your goal is to create a sumo-bot, using entirely Lego made components, that can push its opponent out of the arena before being pushed out of the arena by the competing sumo-bot.

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Location and Time: CHANGE IN LOCATION

Awards: To the top three in each category.  Categories will be elementary school, middle school, high school, and adult.  Categories may be combined or extended depending on registration numbers.  

The Sumo-Bot:  All participating robots, known as Sumo-Bots, shall be constructed with unmodified LEGO construction components.  They also must be completely autonomous - that is, acting independently of humans.

The Rules of the Watauga Sumo Bot Competition: download here (updated 02/16/16), Note that EV3 is allowed, but still only 3 motors.

Registration: Registration must be received by April 15.  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Each entering team must submit an online or paper entry form and send a check for $20 per team to:

Dr. Eric Marland
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Appalachian State University
121 Bodenheimer Drive
Boone, NC 28608

If you do not receive confirmation of your registration by April 18, please email us!!  This will help avoid last minute schedule changes and delays (We need to know the number of teams in order to set up the round robin matches).

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Organized by:

ASU College of Arts and Sciences
ASU Department of Mathematical Sciences
ASU Department of Physics
ASU Department of Computer Science