At the Maker Faire on June 2nd, the South Lakes Robotics Team will have their own stand, but this year, we will have an event called RoboJam. This event is special because we invite all interested people to partake in a competition that takes creativity and imagination.

First, teams will receive a kit containing motors, electronics and other parts used to build what is required for the competition. Second, teams will commence in building the robot once they receive the kit before the event has started. Each team may not use any servos or motors on their robot except for the two 360’ servos. The robot’s body may be constructed by the team, including wheels. Each team may use up to four sensors on their robot, limited to one ultrasonic sensor, one line following sensor, one color sensor, and one camera. The robot may be as tall as the team would like, but must fit inside the robot deployment square.

The robots start in their robot deployment square, and must be controlled autonomously to race around the course. The robot must drive in a figure 8 pattern around the two pillars on the field three times. Once the robot is completed, the game is played on a standard size First Lego League (FLL) table with a custom field. 

The playing field is a physical table that holds a mat. The mat for the first year as the robot deployment square, line-following lines, colors for the end zones of the playing field.  

The walls and pillars may be used by sonic sensors to help detect the course. The printed lines on the mat may be used by a line-following sensor to help navigate the figure eight. Colored end-zones may be used by color sensors to help detect where and when to make turns for the figure eight circuit.

The robot may incur time bonuses and penalties through the their 3 lap circuit. A robot may earn a 1 minute time bonus by parking their robot within the deployment square. Partial parking in the deployment square receives a 30 second bonus.  Running into a wall or pillar incurs a 30 second penalty, and knocking it over incurs a 60 second penalty.

Registration involves signing up for the event and a safety review of the robot. Each team registers in the division of their oldest member. Teams may be denied registration if their robot fails the safety inspection.

The initial robot jam has two divisions defined by oldest member of the team. Teams with members older than 21 are in Division 2. Teams with members younger than 21 are in Division 1.

The safety inspection assures the robot does not have the ability to damage the field. The robot may be able to move or knock over pylons and walls on the field. However, the robot may not damage walls on the perimeter of the field.