- The MJRC is open to primary and secondary students in Years 5-12 within the Mackay region and surrounding areas.
- Entry is $15 a team. (Participants need to arrange own travel and accommodation if necessary)
- Participants need to enter a team of 2-4 members.
The competition caters for students in Years 5-12 using standard EV3 or NXT robotics kits in three key categories – soccer, rescue and dance.
The MJRC has different divisions within each category with different rules for the challenge. The two divisions are Junior (Yrs 5-8) and Senior (Yrs 9-12).
This division will focus on the Primary Rescue rules. Robots compete by following a winding line on a series of tiles to a designated rescue area. On the way the robot could encounter obstacles, bridges and short cut opportunities that will challenge the most intrepid programmer. After negotiating the randomly selected path, the robot arrives at a green coloured area which indicates a chemical spill. While the clock is still ticking the robot must find "the victim" before pushing them out of the quicksand to safety.
This division will focus on the Secondary Rescue rules with some Open Rescue aspects including different levels of track being used. Robots compete using the same tiles as the Junior challenge but in a multileveled course. Secondary Rescue teams reach the chemical spill they need to find "the victim" and control it (contain or lift) and then manoeuvre it out of the chemical spill. Finally, they need to save the robot and exit the chemical spill from where they entered.
This division is restricted to teams of 2 or less years experience, regardless of year level. Students are challenged to design, build and program a robot/s to perform to music. This can be in the form of a dance in time with the beat of the music or a theatrical presentation that complements the music.
This division is for teams with more than 2 years experience, regardless of year level. This challenge has the same general expectations as the Novice division. See the Score Sheet for judging breakdown.
To register, your nominated mentor will need to complete a simple online registration process. Registrations are now open.
Prizes are available to those placing 1st in each category.
The following facilities are available at the competition event:
- A dedicated 'student only' preparation area (with tables, chairs and power)
- Spectators area for teachers, mentors and parents
- Toilet facilities
- A canteen service will be available, with food and drinks available for purchase
- Limited street parking for cars
WHAT TO BRING
- Laptops (including power cord/board and associated accessories)
- Robot(s) and associated equipment (e.g. spare parts, batteries, chargers)
- Any personal food and drinks (refreshments also available for purchase)