This year however, there is another competition which threatens to steal the show as the biggest robotics event of 2012. The event named, RoboSprint 2012, has been established by ICT R&D Fund in collaboration with Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE) who are also 3 time winners of National Engineering Robotics Competition (NERC) which is organized by EME, NUST.
The theme for the competition is being claimed as the most challenging ever to be presented at the national level. The competition itself is divided into two categories. The general category is the more complex one and allows all registered universities and their students to participate.
The Special category is a simpler version of the general category and is further subdivided into Special category Junior and Special Category Senior. Special Category Junior is open to all students in 12th grade or lower while Special category Senior is open to all registered students at any university in Pakistan.
What makes this competition special isn’t the prize money or the uniqueness of its theme, but its how the contest is aiming to be an educational campaign rather than just a competition. CASE is organizing Robotics seminars as well as assigning supervisors who will aid all aspiring competitors.
For the mentoring, CASE has initiated a National Student Co-ordination Program (NSCP) in which each registered team will be assigned a Team Guide from CASE Robotics Group (CRG). The team guide will facilitate the processes of design, fabrication and control by guiding the participating team.
All team guides will have experience in robotics competitions and maybe a faculty member, graduate student or a final year student. The guidance will include perfecting designs to helping with accommodation during the competition. So if you’re looking to participate in RoboSprint 2012 get yourself a team guide as soon as possible.
I should also mention that CRG (CASE Robotics Group) is currently doing a nationwide tour in order to promote RoboSprint 2012.
The prize money for RoboSprint 2012 is distributed as follows:
- Winner: 1,20,000 PKR
- 1st Runners‐up: 60,000 PKR
- 2nd Runners‐up: 40,000 PKR
- Best Engineering Design: 50,000 PKR
- Best Idea Award: 30,000 PKR
- 4xParticipation Awards: 15,000 PKR
SPECIAL CATEGORY SENIOR:
- Winner: 40,000 PKR
- 1st Runners‐up: 30,000 PKR
- 2nd Runners‐up: 20,000 PKR
SPECIAL CATEGORY JUNIOR:
- Winner: 30,000 PKR
- 1st Runners‐up: 20,000 PKR
- 2nd Runners‐up: 10,000 PKR
Links for RoboSprint registration, official page on Facebook and rulebook are given below.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RoboSprint