Recyclebot Competition Information
We are offering two different “Recyclebot” Competitions. These competitions are both virtual in nature and participants are asked to submit video evidence of their creations in action.
Option #1 – As we look around at the environment in our classrooms and homes, we see materials and supplies that can be recycled and repurposed into other useful things. Using your creative, design, construction, and artistic abilities we want you to create a Recyle-Bot using items like paper rolls, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, cardboard boxes, empty cans, scrap wire, paint, markers, holiday wrapping paper, fabric, old clothing, etc.
In addition we want you to share the construction process, design challenges, and purpose of your Recycle-Bot in a written presentation supported by up to three(3) photos. The required written presentation must be a student(s) work describing the process of design and the fabrication all focused upon the “Purpose and recycled materials” of this robot.
- STEP 1 – Register for this Contest
- STEP 2 – Rules for this contest
- STEP 3 – Rubric for judging the contest
- STEP 4 – Design and build your “recyclebot”
- STEP 5 – Create your recyclebot presentation (click here for presentation rules)
- STEP 6 – Submit your presentation
Option #2 – Many schools today have access to one or more types of “robotic platforms” such as LEGO or VEX. Our second challenge is for students to create an “autonomous” robot that picks up specific pieces of trash…
- 3 wadded up pieces of colored paper – red, blue and yellow
- an empty soda can,
- a “six-pack” holder, and
- a piece of your choosing.
These 6 pieces of trash are to be placed inside a 6 foot by 6 foot “playing surface” taped on the floor (black or white tape should be used).
- Rules for the Competition
- Questions? Email or call Craig Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org / 573-239-6410)
Below are some helpful links for building your Sumobot!
- Download EV3 Mindstorm Software – this is the program/app in which you will code your robot:
- Lego Digital Designer (Allows you to download design templates and get build instructions):
- Android – RC controller
- 6 Tips for Success with a Sumobot
- Design instructions for a basic base:
- BuilderDude35 has a lot of great build/design and coding video tutorials on his YouTube channel
- Designs and Programming
- A few different designs for Sumobots:
- Good video tutorial for basic programming:
- Really good PPT tutorial:
- Design and programming ideas/templates (is mostly NXT):
- A variety of basic designs:
- Really good programming tutorials:
- Building and Design Tips:
- PowerPoint of some good tips for designing a robot:
- Examples of Sumobots in action and some tutorials:
- Example Robot Template