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The University of Johannesburg and its partner the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) want more South African teenagers to get early exposure to engineering concepts through involvement in AfrikaBOT 'the world's most affordable robotics competition'. Robot competitions usually require an expensive robot that starts at around $1,000.00 (South African rands about R12,000.00). AfrikaBot is affordable because you can build a competitive robot for a lot less with the correct advice.



AfrikaBOT is South Africa's first robotics competition for high school teenagers and university undergraduates who are smart enough to build their own robots from electronic parts rather than simply clipping a consumer type robot together. If you are new to electronics or robotics we urge you not to give up - When you build your robot to enter AfrikaBOT you will be learning about electronics and control systems, how to program in C and so much more...





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The University of Johannesburg and its partners like the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) want more South African teenagers to get early exposure to engineering concepts, AfrikaBOT gives underprivileged teenagers the opportunity to participate. AfrikaBOT is the world's most affordable robotics competition, because teenagers can use electronics they already have or build their own low-cost controller. AfrikaBOT allows teenagers to build their own electronics from a kit that can be programmed with FREE graphical or FREE text software to move the robot autonomously through the maze. AfrikaBOT 2017 'the world's most affordable robotics competition' requires the robot to move autonomously through a maze.


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RULES for AFRIKABOT 2017:

1. AfrikaBot 'the world's most affordable robotics competition' is intended to encourage young people to build their own robots from electronic parts,
we therefore welcome custom built robots made using Arduino, Raspberry Pi and other home built systems.

2. An entry consists of a robot built by a team of one to four participants.

3. The names of all team members will be written on the entry form.

4. Teams may register on the day at the competition.

5. Teams must pay for their own travel, accommodation, food and refreshments.

6. Teams must bring their own notebook computers with charged battery packs, and be able to make adjustments to the programming of their
robots on the day of the competition in the practice maze[s].

7. Teams must have built and tested their robots, robots must be able to move from start to finish.

8. In the NOVICE CATEGORIES the winning robots will begin in the START bay of the maze triggering a timing system by interrupting a laser beam that is controlled by a UNITRONICS PLC.
The robot will drive itself autonomously through the AfrikaBot maze, and may not be remotely or wirelessly operated.
The timer will stop when the robot reaches the END of the maze and interrupts the second laser beam.

9. In the ADVANCED CATEGORIES the robot is required to perform a "refuelling" mission, which entails programming the
robot to perform a stop in which it must physically pick up a "fuel token" and carry it to the end of the maze.

10. The winning robots in NOVICE and ADVANCED CATEGORIES will perform the tasks in the fastest average time,
which will be the total of the times taken to navigate the maze, adjusted with any penalties incurred,
divided by the number of times the robots navigate the maze being a total of three opportunities available for each entry.

11. This means that a robot in an ADVANCED CATEGORY that moves three times from start to finish, completes the "refuelling" stop and picks up
the "fuel" token each time and does this faster than the other robots will be the winner in that ADVANCED CATEGORY.

12. Where a robot arrives at the finish without the fuel token that mission is not complete.

13. Each robot will get three opportunities to travel through the competition maze, to produce a time which is the average of the three times.
One re-start will be allowed within each opportunity, if the robot fails twice then that opportunity gets a score of 60 seconds but the robot is still allowed to attempt
its other remaining opportunities [in other words for each of the three times you put the robot in the maze you may fail only once after which failing to complete the
opportunity means a score of 60 seconds].

14. To enter AfrikaBot the robot must fit through the maze tunnel [120mm high x 260mm wide]
or it will not be able to complete the challenge.

15. Maximum size (diameter) of wheels permitted in the AfrikaBot competition is 80mm. The diameter of a wheel is measured across the wheel between the two
widest points through the middle of the wheel. Circumference is measured around the outside of the wheel (along the track) and radius is measured from the centre of a circle to any point on the circle.
If a contestant feels that another person's robot has larger wheels, it is their duty to bring this to the attention of the judges before prizegiving after which there is no opportunity to intervene.

16. The organisers of the competition reserve the right to make any changes to the rules, without notifying the contestants who are required to check this page regularly
to ensure they are aware of any rule changes. You may address any requests for rule changes to UJ TechnoLab, but no requests to change the rules
of AfrikaBot 2017 will be considered less than three months before the competition date.

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AWARDS CATEGORIES:

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL - NOVICE

[Grade 8, Grade 9]

 

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL - NOVICE

[Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12]

 

UNDERGRADUATE - NOVICE

[university students and post-matric students]


JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL - ADVANCED ROBOTICS

[Grade 8, Grade 9]

 

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL - ADVANCED ROBOTICS

[Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12]

 

UNDERGRADUATE - ADVANCED ROBOTICS

[university students and post-matric students]


INNOVATION PRIZE

[innovative, cheap or recycled robot - decision of the judges will be final]

 

(The AfrikaBot rules may be changed by the organisers without notification of contestants.)



PERMITTED HARDWARE:


P1X8, PARALLAX BASIC STAMP, ARDUINO, RASPBERRY Pi, MICROCHIP, INTEL, SMARTPHONES, PICAXE, ATMEL, etc.


PERMITTED LANGUAGES and SOFTWARE INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO:

 

BASIC, C, JAVA, PYTHON, SCRATCH, PBASIC, ROS, LOGO, WINDOWS, APPLE iOS, UNIX, LINUX, ANDROID, etc.