Competitions are a fun way for both adults and kids to learn quickly. Robotics competitions allow students to dive deep into the world of robotics and explore how computer programming and robot design can solve problems big and small! They let students apply theoretical knowledge in practice, help them learn team working skills, and get acquainted with robot design.
Robot competitions bring together people in different age groups – researchers, students, and enthusiasts working on the same problem in the pursuit of a technological challenge. Robot competitions allow for a direct comparison of different approaches to solving a task, as the participating teams have to operate their robots outside their labs in a different environment at a scheduled time. It makes it possible to compare the different approaches for robot construction and control directly.
Most noted robotics competitions today include robotic soccer championships like RoboCup and FIRA and competitions for unmanned vehicles, like the DARPA Grand Challenge, the European Land-Robot Trial (ELROB) and the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). Other popular ones are MicroMouse, where wheeled robots have to solve a maze, Robolympics, where robots compete in many disciplines, Robo-one, where remotely controlled humanoid robots engage in martial arts, and the AAAI Robot Competition, where robots have to solve different tasks in a conference environment.
In this post, we list 15 top robotics competitions that you must participate in 2020.
Robo-One – a robot competition for bipedal humanoid robots.
FIRST Championship – A four-day robotics championship held annually in April in three challenges covering LEGO, Tech, and Robotics challenge.
World Robot Olympiad – A global robotics competition under four different categories, Regular, College, Open, and Soccer.
MIT Zero Robotics – A space-based programming competition for middle and high school students.
Micromouse – An event where small robot mice solve a 16×16 maze.
BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) – A national six-week robotics competition, designed to create interest in possible engineering careers.
BotBash – An international robotic combat event in Phoenix, AZ.
EARLY – A robotics program for elementary school students.
FIRA RoboWorld Cup – Robot soccer competition for BA/BS level students and companies to develop their research in robotic.
Robo Expo – An event for students of all ages, with a shared interest in robotics.
RoboCup – An annual international robotics competition, consisting of promoting robotics and AI research.
Robofest – A festival of competitions and events with autonomous robots.