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The Obstacle Course

The Obstacle Course, 2017

Aim of the Challenge

  • Robots will navigate an obstacle course of unknown design by remote control, aiming to complete the course as quickly as possible.

Control Method

  • Remote-controlled

Time Limit

  • 7 minutes


  • All obstacles must be attempted.
  • You may skip obstacles after first attempting them, but you will not gain points for skipped obstacles.

Ranking and Points

  • The time taken to complete the obstacle course will be ranked and the following points awarded:
    • 1st: 40 points
    • 2nd: 32 points
    • 3rd : 25 points
    • 4th : 18 points
    • 5th : 15 points
    • 6th : 12 points
    • 7th : 10 points
    • 8th : 8 points
    • 9th : 6 points
    • 10th : 4 points
    • 11th : 2 points
    • 12th : 1 point

Additional Points

  • 20 points will be awarded for each successfully completed obstacle.
  • 40 additional points will be awarded if you complete all obstacles successfully (i.e. a ‘clean’ drive).


  • For each skipped obstacle, your overall time will be increased by 20 seconds.
  • Rescues of your robot are penalty-free if you’d like to re-attempt an obstacle to get the points. This, of course, comes at the expense of time.


  • You must not walk on the course.
  • Position yourself in a place where you can see the whole course before you start your attempt.
  • You are allowed to walk around the sides of the course during the run.
  • Top-heavy robots may have difficulties on some of the obstacles; keep your centre of gravity low.
  • Good ground clearance may be advantageous.
  • Robots with good grip and the ability to drive up slopes have done well on this challenge in the past.

Ask Questions and Discuss

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