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Alabama Robotics Competition

Competition Date: April 11, 2015

The 2015 date for the Robotics Competition will be April 11, 2015. Check back here in mid-February for registration details.

Photos, results, and contest problems for the 2014 contest are available here.

Come test your computer programming skills and compete with other Alabama students for cool prizes! A fun day is planned with educational experiences, food and social activities. The Alabama Robotics Competition is an event where students write programs that navigate their robot across a series of obstacle courses. Awards will be given out in several categories across multiple grade levels (elementary school, middle school, and high school).

The initial flyer describing the event is available here. Please use the navigation bar above for additional information.

Why another robotics competition?

There are several excellent robotics competitions that already exist, such as the popular BEST Robotics events in Alabama and the world-wide FIRST Lego League competitions. This new contest complements these other events by filling in missing gaps of participation. After hearing from various K-12 teachers, it has been observed that a competition is needed in Alabama that met the following goals:

  • A competition that is open to all grades in K-12.
  • An event in the Spring that offers students studying robotics additional activities to pursue throughout the entire school year (rather than just a Fall focus).
  • An emphasis on programming skills, resulting in autonomous robot control, rather than a robot that is maneuvered by a remote control. Points are scored in this new competition based on the clever solutions of student programs, rather than the skill of a teammate with a remote control.
  • A registration fee that is affordable - only $25 per participant (several Lego competitions have registration, fees, and kit costs over $1,000).

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Other Events in the Department: 2014 Summer Camps

The Department of Computer Science is also hosting three weeks of summer computer camps (1 week of middle school for commuter students and 2 weeks of dorm/commuter camps for high school). The camps are focused on Java, robotics programming, and Android programming. More information about the 2014 Summer Camps is available here.


We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors for providing support to the Robotics Contest:

GoogleNational Science Foundation

cts Pearson-EducationServo Magazine