Over the next few years, our club has plans in entering several competitions in both the arduino and vex platforms. In late May every year we will be entering in the IEEE Ottawa Arduino competition. In mid November, we will be entering in the Vex Ottawa competition. In February , we will be entering the Vex Barrie Regional Competition and St. Catherine's Provincial competition. In mid April, we will hopefully be entering in Vex Worlds in Louisville. For more info on the competitions read below
VEX Robotics Competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle and high school robotics competitions in the nation and now the world. Already the largest competition after only a few short years, VEX is on track to reach 5,000 teams in 25 countries worldwide in 2012. VEX Robotics offers students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Vex offers competitions at the international, national, provincial and regional stage.
Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs - light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. Arduino Competitions are often created by third party organizations creating platforms for the Arduino boards to be used on devices such as robotics arms or vehicles.
With all the LRT construction in the City of Ottawa, there are many road closures. Our task in the IBM LRT Detour Challenge is to program a self-driving robot that can navigate past these road closures, or obstacles in a playing field
VEX Robotics Competition In the Zone is played on a 12 ft x 12 ft foam-mat, surrounded by a sheet- metal perimeter. There are eighty Cones that can be Stacked on ten Goals, while some Goals can be Scored into Zones; teams also score points for having different types of Highest Stacks and by Parking at the end of the Match.
We only have one Earth, so everyone should do their part to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Our task in the Green Arm Challenge is to program an arm that will quickly and accurately sort recyclable materials from a pile of garbage.