The disaster-themed challenges for the 2020 competition are as follows.
Autonomous challenges are where the Raspberry Pi is controlling the robot by itself for the duration of the challenge without interference from the operator.
- Lava Palava – Escape the Volcano
Autonomous or Remote Control
These challenges can be tacked either autonomously or by remote control. More points are generally available for those tackling the challenges autonomously.
Remote-controlled challenges are where one (or more) members of the team are controlling the robot via wireless controller(s). The challenges can be tackled autonomously for no extra points (i.e. just for the fun of it!)
- Pi Noon – The Hindenburg Disaster – Duelling Balloon Popping
- The Zombie Apocalypse – Shoot the Undead
- The Temple of Doom – Tackle our Obstacle Course
Opportunities for more points / prizes
There are additional opportunities to gain more points which increase your overall score. These are:
- Blogging – in which your pre-event exploits are described in words, videos are shot and photographs are taken. Hints for the Blogging challenge, written by our Judge, can be found here. A list of Competitor Blogs can be found here. 1400 points per robot are up for grabs in this challenge.
- Technical Merit – in which robot features, build quality and other technical aspects are scored by an expert judge on the day of the competition. 1400 points per robot are up for grabs in this challenge.
- Artistic Merit – in which the design of the robot and other aesthetic aspects are scored by an expert judge on the day of the competition. 1400 points per robot are up for grabs in this challenge.
- Most Disastrous Robot – in keeping with our theme for this year, the Special Award for the competition goes to the robot that has the design most influenced by disasters. This can be natural, man-made or movie-style disasters, or even a combination of all of these types! It also includes “responses to disaster” such as rescue vehicles and the like. 700 points per robot are up for grabs in this challenge.
The rules and points systems may be changed slightly or clarified following comments and questions from competitors.
Ask Questions and Discuss
There are a number of ways you can discuss this challenge and the competition in general.