MUC is a competition in which the students need to
make a robot that can run a course through a "city". The
city is constructed out of foam boards and LEGOs. The
robot will encounter colors along the track. These
symbolize traffic lights or signs that the robot must
follow. There are four colors along the track that the
robot may meet. White symbolizes standard and nothing
special should be done. Yellow symbolizes slow zones
where the robot needs to be able to move slower than a
certain speed. Red means that the robot must stop moving
for four seconds then continue along its path. Blue
symbolizes parking, where the robot will need to "park"
inside of certain slots that are assigned to the robot.
The team is planning to come back next year better than
ever in their attempt to attend the National Competition
at Washington DC, in the Smithsonian National Museum of
American History. The team wants to be able to qualify
2013-2014: At this regional competition we learned
sometimes we can test something as much as possible and
things will still go wrong. Although, we could not find
success like we had in previous years, we wanted to
challenge ourselves and see what we are truly capable
of. Thus, we tried new things, things that the judges
had never witnessed before. One mechanism that we
integrated in our robot was the linear slide that
allowed us to extend our sensor's maximum reach. This
enabled us to detect as much as possible, whether it be
used for parking, turns, or regular parking, the
extended reach allowed us to try things we never thought
were possible. Even though, we did not come out
successful this year, we hope that next year we will
take the same basic concept of trying to innovate new
things and come out on top.
2012-2013: During this regional
competition, the team was extremely successful. They had
once again reached nationals, however they used a
different robot this time. The team went with "Tanky" a
robot that operates with a tank tread system. The robot
had a very unique design as opposed to other robots.
This ultimately led to the team getting a design award.
However, looks were not all that led to the success of
the robot. The robot operated magnificently as it parked
five out of six total parking spots.
2011-2012: First year they participated in the
competition. They decided for ACD (our robot that year)
to run with a front wheel drive and for ACD to have a
color sensor on the left and right side of it. ACD used
a differential gear that would allow for it to turn even
i-e of its wheels are not touching the solid ground. ACD
placed second overall in the regional competition, and
they were able to receive the best presentation award.
They went to the national competition and also
participated in that competition.