Aerospace Robotics Competition

Ages:High School

Types:Submission, Tournament

Categories:Aerospace Engineering, Coding & Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Robotics, Science, STEM

Scope:National

Contact


info@stemed.org

Our STEM Program seeks to provide students with the opportunity to engage in a low-cost, immersive, project-based competition. Our students not only learn the principles of aerodynamics, robotics and programming but also develop crucial 21st-century skills such as teamwork, technical writing, critical thinking, and leadership. Our program teaches students how to build, program and fly drones. Before competition students pass the FAA Trust Exam. They compete in 3 different areas. (1) Autonomous flight (2) Semi-autonomous flight (3) Technical Competition. Our program aims to expose students to STEM careers.

Teams are made up of 3-5 students coding with Python. Teams are invited to a virtual kickoff that provides a rule book for the competition season. Teams are eligible to buy a drone kit or create their own. They are provided Coach/mentor training, weekly instructional videos, virtual office hours with industry professionals and collegiate professors. Over the course of a semester the students work to compete in three areas. In the Autonomous Competition, there are two portions: Virtual Competition: Virtually-submitted milestone tasks (due 7 days before competition) and a Fly-Off Competition: Live autonomous mission. Autonomous Fly-Off Competition Purpose: Students combine the skills learned from the virtual tasks to fly an autonomous firefighting challenge. Tasks: Scouting: Teams must identify GPS coordinates and enter them into their drone. There will be two (2) waypoints for students to find: 1. One (1) green waypoint will represent a safe location to fly over. 2. One (1) red waypoint will represent a fire which must be fought. Next, in the Semi-Autonomous Competition there are two portions: Time Trial -where students prove their ability to fly a safe and controlled mission before flying against another team. Head-to-Head Competition where students semi-autonomously pilot their drones, communicate between the pilot and copilot, and avoid their opponent while completing a challenge. Finally, in the Technical Presentation component, the teams will provide presentation slides that will be graded for content prior to the competition day. (DUE 7 days before competition) At the competition, teams will present their slides, along with any desired visual aids, for a judging panel at the competition.

See competition website for grading rubrics.

Website: https://www.stemed.org/arc

Managing Organization: STEM-ED, Inc.

Contact:

info@stemed.org

Eligibility:
All members of the team must be full-time high school students. One adult advisor is required and must be listed on the team’s application. The advisor may be a teacher, parent, coach, or other adult community member. The advisor is required to attend the competition; if the advisor cannot attend the competition, notification one month in advance of the event is required in order to register a substitute

Registration Opens: September 2, 2024

Registration Closes: January 31, 2025

Overview

Our STEM Program seeks to provide students with the opportunity to engage in a low-cost, immersive, project-based competition. Our students not only learn the principles of aerodynamics, robotics and programming but also develop crucial 21st-century skills such as teamwork, technical writing, critical thinking, and leadership. Our program teaches students how to build, program and fly drones. Before competition students pass the FAA Trust Exam. They compete in 3 different areas. (1) Autonomous flight (2) Semi-autonomous flight (3) Technical Competition. Our program aims to expose students to STEM careers.

Process

Teams are made up of 3-5 students coding with Python. Teams are invited to a virtual kickoff that provides a rule book for the competition season. Teams are eligible to buy a drone kit or create their own. They are provided Coach/mentor training, weekly instructional videos, virtual office hours with industry professionals and collegiate professors. Over the course of a semester the students work to compete in three areas. In the Autonomous Competition, there are two portions: Virtual Competition: Virtually-submitted milestone tasks (due 7 days before competition) and a Fly-Off Competition: Live autonomous mission. Autonomous Fly-Off Competition Purpose: Students combine the skills learned from the virtual tasks to fly an autonomous firefighting challenge. Tasks: Scouting: Teams must identify GPS coordinates and enter them into their drone. There will be two (2) waypoints for students to find: 1. One (1) green waypoint will represent a safe location to fly over. 2. One (1) red waypoint will represent a fire which must be fought. Next, in the Semi-Autonomous Competition there are two portions: Time Trial -where students prove their ability to fly a safe and controlled mission before flying against another team. Head-to-Head Competition where students semi-autonomously pilot their drones, communicate between the pilot and copilot, and avoid their opponent while completing a challenge. Finally, in the Technical Presentation component, the teams will provide presentation slides that will be graded for content prior to the competition day. (DUE 7 days before competition) At the competition, teams will present their slides, along with any desired visual aids, for a judging panel at the competition.

Criteria

See competition website for grading rubrics.

Participate

Website: https://www.stemed.org/arc

Managing Organization: STEM-ED, Inc.

Contact:

info@stemed.org

Eligibility:
All members of the team must be full-time high school students. One adult advisor is required and must be listed on the team’s application. The advisor may be a teacher, parent, coach, or other adult community member. The advisor is required to attend the competition; if the advisor cannot attend the competition, notification one month in advance of the event is required in order to register a substitute

Deadlines

Registration Opens: September 2, 2024

Registration Closes: January 31, 2025