Executives Application

With the end of the 2018-2019 year rapidly approaching the current exec team is starting our search for the fresh blood to join us!

We are looking for any and all positions! Below you can find brief descriptions about what each position entails, but that doesn’t mean that things can’t change. If you think that you can help out in a new role, let us know! Our end goal is to make the club better for members however that comes about.

We will be taking note of all applications that come in. If you have any questions about the positions, or the process feel free to shoot us an email!

  • VP Administration:
    Responsible for taking meeting minutes, booking rooms, and organizing event bookings. They work closely with the president to help with forms that are required for MSU and MES.
  • VP Finance:
    Responsible for booking keeping, keeping track of expenses and advising the exec team with what is within the club’s budget for the year. They also assist the VP Outreach to secure funding and sponsorship opportunities for the club.
  • VP Outreach:
    Responsible for pursuing sponsorship opportunities, external communication, and organizing promotional events like clubs fest.
  • VP Events:
    Responsible for organizing and running the sumo competitions. Will coordinate with judges and teams on event day to ensure an amazing competition is put on. 
  • VP Media:
    Responsible for maintaining the sumobot website, facebook posts and advertising for the club. Will assist the VP Events during competition time for advertising around campus.

Winter 2019 Beginner Sumobot

Welcome!

Thank you for showing your interest in the Sumobot Winter 2019! Hope you guys have started brainstorming your future marauder on the battlefield! Below are all the events in upcoming weeks (might subject to changes):


Beginner Competition Sign up & Fee Payment

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!

The Intermediate Sumobot Competition is open for everyone, but mostly target those that have experience. Both competitions will happen on the same day at the same time, so you can only register for either.

Sign up here:  Team or Individual 
(Open Until January 31th, 11:59pm)

The Competition fee per team is $40 for STARTER KIT INCLUDED and $10 for SOURCE YOUR OWN PARTS. Your starter kit contains all basic parts to build a sumobot (includes Arduino, motors, motor driver, line sensors, ultrasonic, breadboard, etc). We will use these parts in our upcoming tutorials on how to build a sumobot. 

(We only accept cash). If you are an individual applicant, we will help you find a team. 

We will collect fees and provide package pick-up in ITB 221 (Tron Lab) at the following times:
– Wednesday, January 30th, 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
– Tuesday, January 29th, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm


Only one representative from each team needs to come for payment. If you can’t make it to these times, please contact us. 


We Need Mentors!We are also looking for mentors to help out the beginner teams this semester. Mentors will be paired with teams and help with tutorials. (ie. attend tutorials that your team also attend) If you have experience with sumobot or related experience ( ie. Arduino, motor, sensors, soldering, CAD, etc ), welcome to sign up here! (Open Until February 3rd, 11:59 pm)

Note: you do not need to have all listed experience above to be a mentor.
 Executive ApplicationWith the end of the 2018-2019 year rapidly approaching the current exec team is starting our search for the fresh blood to join us! (Open Until February 15th, 11:59 pm)We are looking for any and all positions! If you think that you can contribute to this wonderful club, let us know! Our end goal is to make the club better and more accessible for years to come.We will be taking note of all applications that come in. If you have any questions about the positions or the process, feel free to shoot us an email! Slack

Please join in our slack here if you have any questions about the competition (eg. rules) or find your team (for individual applicants).


Tutorials

As we mentioned in our info session, we will host 3 tutorials to teach you how to design and build a robot from scratch!

Tutorial I : General Tutorial (Everyone should come)
Wednesday, January 30th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
T13 127


Tutorial II : Sensors Tutorial 
Thursday, February 14th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (tentative)
Thode Makerspace


Tutorial III : Motor & Soldering Tutorial (Highly Recommend)
Wednesday, February 27th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (tentative)
Thode Makerspace




Mock Trial (tentative)

Saturday, March 17th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: TBA


This event is designed to allow judges to walk around and ask questions about teams’ robots (much like an expo, such as Club Fest) and give teams an opportunity to test their robots on the rings before the formal competition. We also encourage teams giving each other peer feedback and get a chance for everyone to meet each other before the event!

The purpose of the mock trial is to allow the Sumobot organizers ensure that your robot is fit to compete in the Advanced Competition. This means that your robot should be fully built but the programming does not have to be fully completed.




Competition Day!

Sunday, March 24th, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
MUSC Atrium


Get all the things ready (your laptops, your sumo robot, and repair tools), and come to challenge each other!
The top 3 teams will get a mystery prize for each team member!

Details will be informed when the date approaches.


Enjoy,

Jarvis Wang
President
McMaster Sumobot Club

We need Mentors!

Hey everyone!

The Sumobot Club is looking for mentors to help out the beginner teams this semester. Mentors will be paired with teams and help with tutorials. (ie. attend tutorials that your team also attend)

 If you have experience with sumobot or related experience ( ie. Arduino, motor, sensors, soldering, CAD, etc ), welcome to sign up here!

Take care!

– Sumobot Club Executive Team

Winter 2019 General Info Session

Happy New Semester!

Thank you for keeping your interest in joining the McMaster Sumobot Club!

We will be hosting our Winter General Info Session this Wednesday, January 16th, at 6:30 PM in JHE 376. We will talk about our Beginner’s Competition and Mentor Application, and how you can get involved.

Note: date and location are tentative, and has not yet been finalized. We will send an email update if there are any changes.

Like and Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for further information.

For our friends who are not able to join our Facebook Group, you must join McMaster community group first with McMaster email verified because Sumobot is a club within McMaster.

Looking forward to seeing you next Wednesday! 

Cheers,
Sumobot Exec

Deadline for Advanced Competition Sign-up

Hey Guys!

Sign-up for Advanced Competition will be closed on this Sunday, Oct 21, 2018! We will start collecting the 40$ payments (per team) during next two weeks (will be announced later). Our competition will be on Nov 18, 2018 (will send another announcement after get confirmed by McMaster).

Sign-up here!

Sumobot Exec

Fall 2018 General Info Session

Hey everyone!

Thank you for showing your interest in joining the McMaster Sumobot Club!

As mentioned, we will be hosting our General Information Session this Thursday, September 20th, at 6:30 pm in JHE 264. We will talk about our advanced and beginner competitions, and how you can get involved.

Like and Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for further information.

Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Cheers,
Sumobot Exec

Beginner Competition Update

Hey Beginner Competitors,

We recently sent out an email pairing your team up with your mentor. Hopefully you guys have gotten in touch with them already. If you haven’t let us know and we will try to help.

There are some important dates coming up soon so please make sure you stay on top

Feb 7th, 6-8pm in ITB 236 – Membership payment + parts pick up
Feb 8th, 7-8:30 pm in ITB 137 – Tutorial 1 (can also pay and pick up parts there)***
Between Feb 12-16, TBA room & time – Tutorial 2
March 25th, 12-5pm in Student Centre – The Competition!

Just a friendly reminder that we have 60 teams signup but only 50 sets of parts, and the parts are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Get your parts early!

***Feb 8th parts pick up in Thode B110 has been CANCELLED and has been replaced with our first tutorial

Weigh-in Event

Hey everyone!

The weigh-in event for the Advanced Competition is approaching quickly! It’s important to fully read this post so that you understand exactly what is expected of you for this event.

The purpose of the weigh-in is to allow the Sumobot organizers ensure that your robot is fit to compete in the Advanced Competition. This means that your robot should be fully built but the programming does not have to be complete. This allows the organizers to schedule for only functional robots at the competition.

This event is designed to allow all non-competing members and judges to walk around and ask questions about teams’ robots (much like an expo, such as Clubsfest). We are inviting professors from CAS and BTech to come judge so please come prepared to present your design and build decisions. You’re encouraged to prepare presentation material (such as bristol board/posters) to assist in this part of the event. Business casual is recommended.

If you have any questions about the weigh-in event, feel free to email us at cr_sbot@mcmaster.ca.

Thanks, and good luck!

P.S. A quick and fun aesthetic challenge will be run at the end where everyone will vote for the most interesting/unique looking robot!

Parts Update

Hey everyone!

Just a reminder that the second tutorial is going to be on Thursday Feb 9th at 7:00pm in T13 125 (this room is much bigger). We also wanted to let you that we will only have 25 sets of parts there (48 teams have registered, of those, about 90% say they want parts). 30 more sets are on backorder. We ordered them two months ago but we do not have a definite date for the arrival of those parts. Our best estimates put the arrival sometime mid-month, although it is tough to say with international shipping.
We will be holding an online lottery (through google form) to determine which teams will be receiving parts on the 9th. Sign up is on the Sumobot website and will close at midnight of Wednesday Feb 8th. We feel that this is the only fair way to give out the limited number of parts that we currently have.
Even though we only have a limited number of parts right now, we have lots more on the way! So even if you didn’t win the lottery, you can still bring your $40 to tutorial and we can put you on the wait-list. You will get the parts to you as soon as we do!
We know that this may be difficult with deadlines rolling up, but talk to your mentors (if they haven’t contacted you by the end of this week let us know!) as they will be able to give you lots of information on how to make the best with what you’ve got.
Although our record turnout has caused some difficulties with having sufficient parts, we are ecstatic that so many people have shown interest for the competition this semester. We urge those who may not get their parts next week to hang tight, bear with us for another week or two and try to work around the parts delay.
Hope to see you all out at the tutorial on Thursday!

Cheers,
Sumobot Execs