|Questions About Competitions...|
|Engineering for Grade 4 to 12|
This page is responding to some of the most common questions we have gathered from parents regarding competitions that we participate.Please email us with your questions which are not answered in this page. Feedback is always welcomed.
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 are from 2 to 50 miles, and most are mainly interested in robotics. 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. 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 (up 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.
How Storming Robots form teams...
This requires a highly self-driven individual with excellent software development skill for high school level. In addition, they must be highly proficient in high school trigonometry and either have taken or currently are taking Physics. Participants are solely selected by Storming Robots.
RCJ (Gr.6 - 12)
Forming a RobocupJunior Team?
Details you need to know to be part of RCJ team led by Storming Robots
Forming a First LEGO League Team?Due to its demanding requirement of weekly 6 to 8 hours meetings, it will not be feasible for us to form a team. We do not see that as economically feasible. Therefore, parents will have to form the team and be the main coach for the team. However, Team members may reserve hours with Storming Robots to receive technical mentorship. We shall also offer recommendation to parents to coach their teams to conduct research work as well.
If you have a FLL team which needs technical training and coaching assistance, please contact us for details.
Cost to be in a RobocupJunior:
Most basic Criteria:
Competition meetings vs. regular club meetings?
Competition team meetings(during competition season):
Regular club meetings:Everyone is expected to work on the similar tasks, although the more advanced student will be given more complex work.
Meetings are run in a more instructional format. Children must work in a team of two (except the very advanced individual).
So the ultimate question will be..."Which one my child will learn more from?"
This is really depending each individual, such as the aptitude to learn in a
short time and under stress, as well as propensity to take on new challenge and
Please also note:In the past, we have encountered the situation when parents dictates work to their children. For instance, studnet just memorized the code. Since he/she did not go through the process of analysis and designing, he/she will not be able to trouble shoot when issues arise. Memorization will not help in dynamic challenge like RobocupJunior. This is totally against Storming Robots' belief. Parents, before you decide to do that, please think about the following. If you dictate the code to your child, or write the code for your child, YOU (as an adult) are in essence competing against other young kids. This is completely unethical. Therefore, Storming Robots has to handle this in an extreme manner. Please do note that if this is the case, it can be very obvious to any of our instructors at Storming Robots. Their codes will be removed and members will be required to rewrite them. Then, this particular member will not be accepted back in the Storming Robots team in the future. Our ultimate goal is to not only make this a great learning and fun experience for the students, but also build great characters.