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2012 First Annual RTC Rules and Regulations

Robotics Tournament of Champions


April 28, 2012

Mechatronics Technology Center

186 Jay Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201


 Dear Advisors/Mentors:


On behalf of the NSF, ASME and IEEE, we invite you to encourage the submission of students’ design projects for the First Annual Robotics Tournament of Champions, which will be hosted at City Tech Mechatronics Technology Center.  This RTC competition will take place on April 28, 2012 and is open to all college/university undergraduate students only.


The main reason for this competition is for students to gain a better understanding of the design process from start to finish.  Designing and building something from an idea is probably why they chose engineering in the first place.  RTC injects the idea of the multidisciplinary nature of product design and provides a hands-on opportunity to practice engineering and have some engineering fun!  We hope to see you and your students' entries on April 28, 2012 at Mechatronics Technology Center.




To design and build an autonomous robot that is capable of moving through any kind of a maze. The maze is designed in an electrical black tape. 


Maze Designs:

The track of a maze will be unveiled on the day and time of the RTC competition.  Some segments of maze track are 14-inch in width. There will be a 14-in by 14-in cross-section tunnel in the path. It is a challenge for a competitor to design an autonomous mobility robot to move from point A to point B in any type of a maze with the shortest time.


Project Team / Entry Limitations:

  • Each team must have one faculty advisor/mentor and at least 2 student members but no more than 6 student members. Each team member must primarily be enrolled as an undergraduate student at his/her college/university. 


  • Each college/university may have up to three teams entered in the competition.  If a school has more than one entry then each team must represent a unique solution to the design problem. 


  • One faculty advisor/mentor may represent multiple teams from the same college/university.

Robot Specifications:

1. Allowable Energy Sources:


Any energy source is allowed as long as it is completely contained within the robot and does not create or emit any gaseous, liquid, or solid materials.  Energy sources must not present any safety hazards to participants or spectators.  Containers of compressed gases other than air are prohibited. 


2. Maximum Robot Size:


  • Since some segments of the maze are 14 inches in width and your robot has to pass a 14-in by 14-in tunnel, the size of a completed robot must be less 14.0” X 14.0” X 14.0” in length, width and height to allow your robot to maneuver passing these areas. 


  • The completed robot must have a weight of no more than 12 pounds.  Again, if the completed robot has a weight of more than 12 pounds, the RTC judges will have a final word to say to the team.


  • Before each round of the maze competition, the RTC judges will inspect the robot to insure that the size and weight requirements are met. 


3. Components, Fabrication and Cost:


Team members using materials which are commonly available to the general public must perform all fabrication. The use of out of the box commercially available vehicles, robots, or entire kits such as RC cars, Lego Mindstorms, K-nex, Fischer-Technics, Parallax or erector sets may not be used.  However, individual components from these cars, robots or kits may be integrated into a team’s robot as long as the majority of the robot’s components are not from the same car, robot, or kit source.  The cost of purchasing all components must not exceed $500. 


4. Robot Navigation:


A trial will be initiated when a team member presses or pulls a button, lever, string, or other starting mechanism on the robot.  Energy from the team member’s body may not be used to propel the robot or cause components to move on the robot.  Once any portion of the robot begins moving, the team members may not touch the robot. The robot must be capable of completing the tasks without any input from the team. Team members may not operate radio, infrared, ultrasonic, electrical, or other remote controls once the robot begins moving.


Robot Testing:

  • Teams may not make practice runs before and during the event on the actual RTC competition maze. However, the teams can practice on the demo maze that is provided as part of the RTC competition.


  • Each team will be allowed to make two trials on that RTC maze.  Scoring is recorded for both trials.


Total Scores:

The score will be based on the times to complete the maze.  The overall shortest times for a robot to complete all the mazes will be determined as a WINNER.  Details of the scores will be provided during the RTC competition.  The judges will interpret the intent of the rules and make all decisions.  If the judges determine that a team is in violation of the intent of any rule or specification, they can disqualified that team.  Again, all decisions by the judges are final and may not be appealed.


Rules Interpretations:


Questions regarding rules prior to the date of the competition should be directed to one of the following:


Iem Heng

Computer Engineering Technology Department

Phone: 718-260-5880


Andy Zhang

Mechanical Engineering Technology Department

Phone: 718-260-5245


Mohammad Razani

Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering Technology Department

Phone: 718-260-5305



Practice Session:

Teams may not make practice runs before and during the event on the actual RTC competition maze. However, the teams can practice on the demo maze that is provided as part of the RTC competition.  Teams should be considerate and only use the track for brief periods if other teams are waiting to use the track.

The awards will be given at the end of the RTC competition.  First, second, and third-place teams will receive cash prizes and plaques.  In addition, fourth-place team will be given an honorable plaque.

Mechatronics CityTech,
Feb 11, 2012, 11:21 AM