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Aim of the Challenge
- To knock down five targets.
- Robots will be placed (by the robot’s driver) on a painted wooden surface facing a shooting range.
- There are two possible methods of knocking down the targets:
- Five balls will be provided in set positions that can be shunted, nudged or cannoned towards the targets.
- Your robot can be fitted with a mechanism capable of firing five soft pellets or bullets such as Nerf darts.
- If using pellets, the balls will not be set on their spots so you will have free reign to manoeuvre.
- There will be a ‘boundary line’ in front of the targets beyond which robots are not permitted to go.
- If using balls, once knocked over the boundary line the balls may not be retrieved until the next round.
- You can use any method of aiming that you wish, such as a low-powered laser.
- You will have three full attempts (of 5 balls or projectiles) at this challenge course. After each attempt, the targets and the balls (if used) will be reset.
Ranking and Points
- Points will be awarded for each target knocked down. The actual amount of points may depend on the size of the target in question (TBC).
- 10 additional points will be awarded if all five projectiles succeed in knocking down their targets.
- If a projectile knocks down more than one target, the points for both targets will be awarded. This is expected to be accidental!
- 25 points will be awarded for any shooting mechanism that does not use the balls provided.
- If any of the robot’s wheels pass the stop line, that roll or shot will be discounted. Under this circumstance, the bonus points for ‘all five’ cannot be awarded.
- *sigh* No… high powered lasers capable of destroying the targets are not allowed!
- Any balls knocked over the boundary line may get in your way.
- Targets will be balanced finely so no great force will be required to knock them over. Please remember this when constructing your firing mechanisms!