|Competition Corner Engineering for Grade 4 to 12|
Important Principle!At Storming Robots, we strive to strengthen students' engineering background via our year-round robotics and computer science programs. Our model has successfully built strong critical thinkers who are well-prepared for their college engineering years. I cannot emphasize enough that competition is simply one of many means to motivate and excite students. In that context, “winning” is just a by-product of excellent preparation, execution, collaboration, and a dynamic knowledge base. To achieve those goals, we focus on self-discipline in the system engineering process, along with education, commitment, and collaboration. Focusing exclusively on winning competitions not only greatly limits a person’s dynamic growth but also is counterproductive. At SR, we compete with careful moderation and focus on developing and strengthening each child’s innate motivation and creativity as well as an appreciation of hard work and enjoyment of the journey. -- Elizabeth Mabrey, Founder of Storming Robots
OverviewWe have actively participated in the various regional and state tournament since 2005. All participants are our roboclub members. The major annual competitions that we have participated include: Read our QnA Page if you are interested in being part of our teams.
Our motto"Learning is like breathing! Using others' success as inspiration and motivation. Competing against yourself and using your past achievement as a gauge for improvement, not others' ".
RobocupJunior vs. FIRST
The Robot game itself (the technical aspect)...
How do we choose which games?
Our choice of competitions is not based on their popularity, but the technical value gained and balanced with the cost in time, effort, and expense.
FIRST LEGO League will be best facilitated a school or community within close distance. The team will be best to form by students with variety of interests. At SR, students come from 2 to 50 miles, and most are mainly interested in robotics, computer programming, and engineering. Therefore, we no longer participated in First LEGO League.
For high school level, we do not participate in FIRST. It focuses heavily on mechanical with somewhat electronic aspect, where machines involved are in industrial quality. It is very costly in materials and time just to adapt new rules and build entirely new field from year to year. A machine shop setting will be more suitable for their team work. Meanwhile, participants do remote controlling during most part of the game, not autonomous. This veers away from what Storming Robots chooses to focus on, i.e. behavior-based robotics, or towards artificial intelligence.
We participate in both primary (12 to 14) and secondary (15-18) divisions in RCJ. Storming Robots focuses on the development in the self-awareness of the robots. Besides, RCJ is a pre-college level competition from a world renowned RoboCup, where teams from School of Engineering of various prestigious universities also participate every year. Our participation in RCJ lends our high school nice transition to continue their robotics and A.I. interest in college. Therefore, RCJ is our preference.
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