Robotathon is a fall semester introductory robotics competition, created and run by the UT IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), the only undergraduate robotics organization on campus, that teaches the basics of robotics to those new (or used) to the field.
About 150 participants are placed in teams of 5-7 people, assigned a mentor, and helped through designing and building a robot. You’ll then compete amongst your peers for everlasting glory! You can only compete once (no Robotathon veterans, please).
Applications have now closed for the Fall 2018 Robotathon. If you didn’t apply in time, please come back next year!
The 2018 Robotathon game is RASumo, a sumo robot competition!
View presentations from Robotathon 2018.
View presentations from Robotathon 2017.
The software used to program the Launchpad microcontroller in the Robotathon 2018 Kit of Parts and instructions for installing it may be found at:
An official 3D model of the Robotathon 2018 RASumo field is now available:
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Robotathon is an annual event held every fall semester at the University of Texas at Austin by the UT IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS [răz]). This competition is a two month long bootcamp for robotics culminating in a large, sports-like competition that pits each teams’ robot against each the others in a tournament style battle-to-the-death (well, not usually, though that would be cool) for glory and honor (and bragging rights). It is designed for newcomers and robotics veterans alike, although if you’re really good at this thing already, you may prefer to join one of our other committees from the start.
The competition rules were released at the Robotathon kickoff, Tuesday, September 25 2018 and are linked above as part of the game manual. For historical purposes, you might also be interested in last year’s rules!
We provide a basic electronics kit: servo motors, battery pack, and TI LM4F LaunchPad microcontroller. Teams generally use the resources available in the UT makerspace, including 3D printers and laser cutters, to build the robot frame and mechanics. You can see some of the 2016 robots here!
Participants apply to Robotathon at the beginning of the fall semester. Teams are formed by the Robotathon kickoff meeting, paired with a mentor, and taught basic robotics through weekly workshops up until the competition itself, which is typically held the Saturday of the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Absolutely nothing! All you need is a open mind and a desire to learn. While this is a competition, it is also, above all, a learning experience designed to help teach robotics to those that want to learn. In addition, all participants are generally on the same level because this competition is restricted to newcomers to RAS - primarily freshmen!
UT undergraduates can apply (you don’t have to be an engineer!). Over 100 students are selected and formed into teams of about 6 people. Furthermore, any one person can only ever compete in one Robotathon (not both 2016 and 2017, say): do your best!
It’s up to you. However, the quality of your robot often depends directly on the amount of time you and your team work on it. For best results, expect to spend 5 to 10 hours per week in workshops or actual design and construction.
Make sure you can attend the Robotathon kickoff meeting (evening of Tuesday, September 25) and Robotathon itself (afternoon of November 17). As long as your team members can make any particular workshop, you’ll stay caught up. Make sure to meet with your team as often as possible!
Registration is open in the beginning of the fall semester. Robotathon 2018 registration is now closed; check back in a year!
Yes. To participate in Robotathon, you must pay RAS membership dues ($15) and a fee for special Robotathon parts ($20) for the semester, totaling $35.Scholarships may be available under extenuating circumstances: contact us. Dues may be paid after any RAS general meeting or during RAS office hours.
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