So, you want to build a robot?
The Beginner Sumobot Competition is for anyone who has never competed in a Sumobot Competition. Have no idea what you’re doing? That’s fine! We will provide you with the tools you need to build your very own Sumobot!
Once competing in the Beginner Competition, you CANNOT enter a Beginner Competition again.
Team Fees: $40(Include package) or $10(Buy your own parts).
- Teams must show respect to SumoBot organizers and to each-other.
- Insults will not be tolerated. Neither will cheating.
- Penalties range from verbal warnings to complete disqualification based on the severity of the infraction.
- If a team believes they have been unfairly penalized, their representative may appeal to the referee when the round is over.
- If the referee chooses not to revoke their penalty, the team will just have to deal with it. Any further objections may lead to additional penalization.
- A robot must fit within a square tube with side length of 10 cm. A robot may expand in size after a match begins, but must not physically separate into pieces. There is no height restriction.
- The total mass of a robot at the start of a match must be under 500 g.
- Robots must be autonomous. Any method of control may be used, as long as it is fully contained within the robot and receives no external signals or directions (human, machine, or otherwise). Autonomous robot operation must begin automatically no less than five seconds after the round has begun. Robots starting before the five second mark will cause the round to reset and may forfeit a Yuhkoh point.
- Each robot must be uniquely identifiable. Spectators and officials should be able to identify your robot during a match.
- Jamming devices, such as IR LEDs intended to saturate the opponents IR sensors, are not allowed.
- Parts that could break or damage the ring are not allowed. Do not use parts that are intended to damage the opponent’s robot or its operator. Normal pushes and bangs are not considered intent to damage.
- Devices that can store liquid, powder, gas or other substances for throwing at the opponent are not allowed.
- Any flaming devices are not allowed.
- Devices that throw things at your opponent are not allowed.
- Sticky substances to improve traction are not allowed. Tires and other components of the robot in contact with the ring must not be able to pick up and hold a standard 8.5” by 11” sheet of paper for more than two seconds.
- Devices to increase down force, such as a vacuum pump or magnets, are not allowed.
- All edges, including but not limited to the front scoop, must not be sharp enough to scratch or damage the ring, other robots, or players. Judges or competition officials may require edges that they deem too sharp to be covered with a piece of tape.
- The ring interior is defined as the playing surface surrounded by and including the border line. Anywhere outside this area is called the ring exterior.
- The ring shall be circular with a diameter of 77 cm. The border line is marked as a white circular ring with a width of 3 cm on the outer edge of the playing surface. The ring area extends to the outside edge of this circular line.
- There should be a reasonably large (1-2 meters) space outside the outer edge of the ring. This space can be of any color, and can be of any material or shape as long as the basic concepts of these rules are not violated. This area, with the ring in the middle, is to be called the ”ring area”. Any markings or parts of the ring platform outside the minimum dimensions will also be considered in the ring area.
If you decided to purchase parts from the club below is a list of parts you’ll get in your package!
- x1 Arduino Uno + Cable
- x2 Micro Motors
- x2 Motor Mounts
- x1 Motor Driver
- x2 Wheels
- x2 QRD Line Sensors
- x1 Ultrasonic Range Sensors
- x1 Breadboard
- x10 Resisters (1k R x5, 470 R x5)
- x1 Battery clip
- x20 Male to Female Jumper Wires
Additional parts to consider getting yourself:
- Hot/Super glue
3D Hubs Student Printing
McMaster 3D Printing
If you are interested in having any PCBs made for your sumobot, orders can be sent to the McMaster IEEE club and they can mill you one for a pretty good price. Full details can be found here.
McMaster Machine Shop (JHE 115):
- Open 8:00am – 4:30pm
- Good for cutting/sanding parts.
- Training required to use machinery (approx 2 hours).
IEEE Lab (ITB 141):
- Open 9:00am – 4:00pm
- Good for soldering and ordering Digikey parts (lower costs).
Makerspace (Thode Basement):
- Open Monday to Friday, 1:00pm to 5:00pm and 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
- 3D printer, soldering irons, drill press, and other tools.