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Alabama Robotics Competition

Next Competition Date: April 1, 2023


CANCELLED: We regret that the April 2, 2021 robotics contest has been canceled due to health concerns and the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We had to make a decision about the contest in late-January and it was not clear at that time how things would turn out (at that time, several UA Engineering events in March were scheduled to be virtual and we did not think that our contest would fit a virtual model). We have the Bryant Conference Center reserved for April 1, 2023 and hope to see you at the next event!        


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).

A flyer for the 2020 contest is available here.

Coaches may apply for their teams here.

Visit the Past Events page to view photos, contest problems, and other results from previous competitions.

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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. Our 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: 2020 Summer Camps

The Department of Computer Science is also hosting a week of dorm/commuter camp for high school and also a commuter middle school camp. The camps ares focused on learning computer science topics and how to program using various project-based activities. More information about the 2020 Summer Camps is available here.


We gratefully acknowledge the Univeristy of Alabama Office of Community Affairs as our campus sponsor. We are very grateful to zyBooks as our main corproate sponsors, and several campus collaborators for their help (College of Continuing Studies, Office of Community Affiars, and Department of Computer Science)!