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[DPRG] Mini Sumo Contest - Open - Ship-IN at UNI May 1st

Subject: [DPRG] Mini Sumo Contest - Open - Ship-IN at UNI May 1st
From: Jeff Koenig koenig.jeff at gmail.com
Date: Sat Mar 29 11:26:01 CDT 2008


Very interesting!  Will there be a web page showing the entries?


On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 1:09 PM, Randy M. Dumse <rmd at newmicros.com> wrote:
> Mini-Sumo Ship-In's! on again for another year!
>  Last year we had a larger number of Ship-In's and the contest
>  had an international flavor with Canada showing well. Our
>  students learned what tough competitors there were out there. We
>  have a new group of students building this year. They haven't
>  experienced competition yet, so please, all you guys with Sumos,
>  come show us how it is done. This year, if you thought about
>  entering, you should actually enter!
>  What better example of showing your robots have matured, than
>  sending them off to compete in a contest on their own.  Then
>  watch the Live Webcast as they "duke it out" with other robots
>  from this and other countries. And if you've seen the previous
>  matches, you know we get some very careful and dilligent
>  assistants to prepare, place and operate your robots per your
>  written instructions.
>  http://mm1.uni.edu:8080/ramgen/1/physics/robot_e.rm
>  http://mm1.uni.edu:8080/ramgen/1/physics/mini-sumo-2007.rm
>  Here's a way to send your robot into combat, and have its
>  appearance documented for the foreseeable future! ("I'll make ya
>  famous!")
>  This year we are trying a new location, hoping to draw more
>  student interest and participation. We will also increase our
>  local advertizing to get them in. And we will again have our
>  excellent team of videographers webcasting and recording the
>  event. So we continue the hope of growing into a very
>  significant robot event.
>  So get ready and send in those challengers. Remember, there's a
>  cap on how many competitors will be accepted (12) so enter as
>  soon as you can.
>  Following below are details from the sponsor.
>  Randy
>  We have reserved a large meeting hall in the Maucker Student
>  Union for 8 am to Noon, Thursday, May 1, for the "Third UNI
>  Mini-Sumo Robotics Challenge." [This is not where we held the
>  event last year, but hopefully more accessible for our students
>  to drop by.]
>  Updating what we sent out last year:
>  The 2008 Mini-Sumo Robotics Challenge--hosted by the University
>  of Northern Iowa Physics Department.
>  1.  The Third UNI Mini-Sumo Robotics Challenge will accept a
>  maximum of 12 robots from outside UNI for the May 1 event. Those
>  wishing to enter should e-mail Cliff Chancey at
>  c.chancey at uni.edu.  He will validate their entry within 24
>  hours, or let them know that the challengers have already been
>  selected.  Those selected will receive shipping information.
>  2. Include detailed instructions about preparing your entry, how
>  it should be charged (include extra batteries or a charger), how
>  the wheels should be cleaned (include handy wipes or other
>  materials for this purpose), how you want in placed on the line
>  (pictures help), and any special button pushes, etc., to
>  initiate the combat.
>  3.  There will be a $20 entry fee.  Checks or money orders
>  should be made out to "UNI Physics Department" and included in
>  the submission. (Covers return postage, etc.)
>  4.  The UNI Physics Dept. will return-mail each of the 12
>  challenger robots to their owners using the packing materials
>  that the robots arrived with, where possible.  The Department
>  will make a good faith effort to return all robots in operating
>  condition but we cannot guarantee this.  We will use proper
>  carriers (US Postal Service, Fedex, or similar) but this is the
>  extent of our promise. Challengers must accept the normal risks
>  of shipping sensitive equipment.
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