30 September 2017

AfrikaBOT 2017 takes place Sunday 22 October.


1. AfrikaBot 'the world's most affordable robotics competition' is intended to encourage young people to build their own robots from electronic parts.

2. Robots can be built around Arduino, Pic chip, Parallax Basic Stamp 2, Picaxe, P1X8, P8X32, Raspberry Pi and ANY other controller where at least some of the robot is not simply an "out the box" plug and play robot.

3. To qualify as an AfrikaBOT entry the robot must be a "built at home" robot that shows some knowledge of electronics and mechanical assemblies on the part of the builder.

4. Our electronic timing/scoring system can accommodate only one robot per team.

5. A team for AfrikaBOT can consist of from one to four participants (persons). Additional team members are welcome to attend, but they will not be on the scoring system and can be classified as "supporters"...

6. The names of the team members must be written on the entry form.

7. It is a very good idea to complete an entry form and email it to us in advance so we will know you are planning to attend - this will help us plan better - but you can also enter on the day...


8. The organisers will make every effort to ensure each team is on the system, but it is also the responsibility of each team to check with the scoremaster that their details are on the system and correct at the event.

9. There is a big screen TV where team details and robot times will be displayed, it is also the responsibility of each team member to bring any problems to the attention of the scoremaster immediately.

10. AfrikaBOT and Shell Eco-marathon have a tight time line on the day of the competition, therefore the decision of the judges will be final.

11. Teams must pay for their own travel, accommodation, food and refreshments.

12. Teams must bring their own notebook computers, with charged battery packs, as access to mains power on the day may be problematic as there will be more computers than plug points. Teams may change their programs on their robots on the day of the competition using the practice maze[s].

13. Teams must have built and tested their robots before the event, robots must be able to move from start to finish using a closed feedback loop that can receive and react to information about the maze.

14. One example of a closed feedback loop system is an optical sensor that the robot can use to follow a black line in the maze, but the use of alternatives like ultrasonic, etc, is also permissible. A line sensing robot must navigate using the line starting from anywhere within the first segment of the line and following the line for at least three segments in both stage one and stage two.

15. An example of a more advanced closed feedback loop system is the use of video and laser beams to scan and the maze so the robot can plan and execute a route and complete the challenge, but this level of cost and expertise is not expected in the junior and senior high school categories.

16. Robots must demonstrate use of a basic closed loop feedback system as mentioned in [14] or they will incur a 10 (ten) second penalty to be added once to each TIMED run through the maze.

17. Robots are required to physically pick up the "fuel token" and carry it to the end of the maze, robots that arrive at the end of the maze without the "fuel token" will incur a 10 (ten) second penalty for each TIMED run through the maze.

18. The winning robot[s] in each age category will perform the tasks in the fastest average time, which will be the total of the times taken to navigate the maze, adjusted with any penalties incurred, divided by the number of times the robot traverses the maze.

19. Each robot will be allowed a minimum of three [3] ATTEMPTS to traverse the maze. One re-start will be allowed within each ATTEMPT, but if the robot fails twice [2] in a row in an ATTEMPT then the maximum score [60 seconds] will be RECORDED for that ATTEMPT. A restart will only be allowed before the robot enters the tunnel and not because one is not satisfied with your score in traversing the maze.

20. Where a robot does not complete a traverse the maximum time [60 seconds] will be used to score that attempt.

21. The robot has traversed the maze successfully when it breaks the end laser beam and stops the timer, which time will be applied as the score plus any applicable penalties.

22. The final score will be the total of the timed ATTEMPTS through the maze divided by the number of runs through the maze. In each of the three ATTEMPTS two failed starts means a 60 second score and the scoremaster will order the next ATTEMPT.

23. There is a tunnel [120mm high x 260mm wide] in the maze through which robots must fit to compete in AfrikaBOT 2017 to limit the size and cost of the robots.

24. Maximum size (diameter) of wheels permitted in the AfrikaBot competition is 80mm. The diameter of a wheel is measured across the wheel between the two widest points through the middle of the wheel. Circumference is measured around the outside of the wheel (along the track) and radius is measured from the centre of a circle to any point on the circle. If a contestant feels that another person's robot has larger wheels, it is their duty to bring this to the attention of the judges immediately while the maze is still open. No objections will be entertained after the maze is closed or just before, during or after the prizegiving.

25. The organisers of the competition reserve the right to make any changes to the rules, without notifying contestants. Contestants are required to check this page regularly to ensure they are aware of any rule changes up to and including the competition date.

AfrikaBOT 2017 takes place Sunday 22 October.


[Grade 8, Grade 9]

[Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12]

[university students]

[graduates, postgrads, makers, employed persons, moms, pops, etc.]

[most innovative robot, all ages/categories, judges will decide if this award is to be made based on the merits of what they see]

The AfrikaBot rules may be changed by the organisers without notification to contestants.




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