Robot Challenge 2018
web master jafried-at-ieee.org
Welcome to the Robot Challenge. We hope you all have your kits and have started by READING THE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST:
YOUR TEAM NUMBER IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!! It will be assigned by registering your robot, Only ONE registration per team
Register your 2 leg robot here
Register your 4 leg robot here
The Mentors will know you by your Team number and these numbers will be used in the Challenge
Mentors have been assigned to the schools and team numbers. Look up your team number on the chart below, and you will find your Mentor’s Name, Phone Number, and Email Address. Contact your mentor by EMAIL first…. And the first thing your Mentor will want to know is what date you want to compete!
It is always best to read all of the instructions before you begin assembling your Robot. Here are some useful ideas:1. Have a safe place to put your Robot. You will be graded on your packaging any way. Make a home for it while it is in the process of being assembled. Take care not to bend the rods. These are very fragile.2. Some of you will try using RE-CHARGABLE BATTERIES. Read the Side of the Battery. It may operate at 1.25 Volts (typical for Nickel Cadmium Batteries) not 1.5 Volts (the voltage the motors are designed for). The re-chargable Batteries do not operate the motors as well as the regular "Alkaline" Batteries.3. New motors may have a few rough spots on their "brushes" (The part of the motor that conducts electricity from the stationary housing to the rotating armature.) You may want to "run the brushes in" by operating the motors unloaded (in both directions) before assembling the Robot and trying to start the motors for the first time connected to all of the linkages or screws. Five minutes operation makes a lot of difference in starting performance.
4. This ROBOT Kit is not a canned exercise in just assembling parts. It is not meant to be. The Robot works well if and only if you take care in checking dimensions and alignments and in making adjustments for SMOOTH operation. The depth of the notches that hold the motors are particularly critical in aligning the rods and articulated hinges. Take great care in making these cuts… Study the diagrams and make sure you know how these parts fit together so that the rods and connecting pieces do not rub against the body.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON COMPETITION DAY: