Use this form to submit questions about the contest to the judges. Answers will be posted here if applicable to all teams, or responded to in an email.
Q: Who can apply?
A: If you are 18+, attending a university, and love building / coding, then you are eligible to apply!
Q: How big can the teams be?
A:No limit. All individuals on the team must be registered prior to the event.
Q: I’ve never coded before…can I still attend?
A: Of course! This competition is open to any and everyone, whether you are experienced or completely new to robotics. So you are welcome to register and compete! A good way to get started would be with our hardware or NXT kits (if you’re a VCU student) or looking online for line-following and maze-solving robot “recipes”.
Q: What if I need special accommodations?
A: Please contact the event organizers using the contact form.
Q: What tape is used to make the line and track surface for the line-following course?
A: White 0.5″ Gaff Tape, Behr Premium Plus Paint – “Carbon” color, OSB 7/16″ Plywood Sheets’
Q: Does the robot need to stay exactly the same for both courses or can components be added/removed/rearranged?
A: The robot can be changed between courses or between runs. Both software and hardware can be changed.
Q: Are we able to test the robot on the actual built track before the competition date or do we have to create our own track in order to do tests?
A: A practice day will be set up approximately two weeks before the event. Partial installation of both tracks will be available then for testing.
Q: My aluminum kit wheels don’t fit the motors!
A: That’s our bad! It can be fixed easily though. If you have access to a drill press:
1. Remove the two set screws from the wheel.
2. Using a 1/4″ bit, drill out the center hole. It should self-center against the existing hole.
3. Replace set screws.
4. Check that the wheel now fits the motor.
To have this done for you at VCU, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The process only takes a few minutes.
Q:Will the maze present during the practice time o competition day be the same as the maze present during the competition portion?
A: Yes it will.