RobofestSM 2005 Rule Clarifications and FAQ
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Rule Clarifications, Detailed Rules, Corrections, and Revisions
- As specified in the rule, the Junior Division is for students ages 5-9th grade and
the Senior Division is for students ages 9 - 12th grade.
Students in grades 5-8th may play up to the Senior Division level only if the Coach feels
the student is capable and if it is approved by the Robofest Director ([email protected]).
Students grades 10-12th are discouraged from playing down to the Junior Division due to fairness.
Should a coach have an older student who is a special exception, and wants to play down,
it must be approved by the Robofest Director ([email protected]).
- Any adult team volunteers with official name tag as well as coaches may go into the pit
area with permission. However, please understand that adults cannot stay there for
long. Afer issues are resolved, adults are supposed to leave the pit area.
- First robot is not required to reach the end of the line to pass the ball to the 2nd robot.
If the first robot is stopped near the end of the line, 5 points will be given. The first robot may
touch the 2nd robot. The first robot may touch the first board for the 2nd robot too.
- Please note that the length of the boards in RoboRelay rule figure 2 can be either 36" or 24".
- Q1: Will there be any updates to the official rules that have been published?
Ans: No, there will not be any changes made to the official rules document found on the Robofest site.
Any revisions or corrections or clarifications will be made to this page.
Therefore, all participants are strongly suggested to check out this page periodically.
- Q2: How do I pay online after registering team(s)?
Ans: The online registration system does not ask automatically to pay the fee in order to give
sometime for teachers and coaches to add or drop teams before actually paying. Therefore, if you finally decide
to go with the current team(s) you registered, then logon again, go to Team Management page by clicking
your site link, then click on "Pay Registration Fees" link. We hope the introduction of the registration
fee will decrease drop-out rate and increase the quality of Robofest program.
Also, please consider 3-4 day delay if you apply for an extended PayPal account.
- Q3: What is the distance of the area containing the unknown number of black lines?
Ans: Also unknown. But see Q7.
- Q4: If this distance is unknown, this board be made up of more than one board?
Yes. We are thinking of using 24" + 36" or 36"+36".
- Q5: Are we not using a 48" board any longer?
In the draft version of the RoboRelay game, one 48" board was used. But we have decided to
use only 36" boards and 24" boards to save money and to reduce effort to construct playing fields.
Certainly you could use 48" or (48"+24") instead, if you have 48" board.
- Q6: Would it be asking too much to know where you require the touch
and/or light sensor to be mounted for the start signal; at the front, back or side?
Ans: For regionals, we assume every team uses at least one light sensor facing the floor to follow the
line or to detect the edge.
- Q7: Will the last unknown black line for the 2nd robot be lined up
with the two 18"-24" side boards as indicated in the Figure 1?
- Q8: The minimum distance between lines in the unknown area is 1 inch. What
is the maximum distances between lines?
- Q9: Can the team name or who the coach is be changed?
Ans: Yes. The steps are - (1) The old coach logon the Robofest registration system.
(2) Update the coach info: new coach name, address, phone, and new email address.
(3) Give the current password to the new coach.
(4) The new coach must confirm by reading an email sent from the Robofest system.
Any problems, please send email to [email protected]
Awards and Prizes
Each student on the first place World Robofest 2005 Championship teams in the Junior, Senior, and
Exhibition categories, will win personal laptop computers sponsored by MPC Computers, LLC.
Additional prizes include small trophies for all students and large team trophies for top teams.
Participants in the qualifying regional and international sites will receive medals and framed certificates
as well as some team trophies.