The Cyprus Computer Society is organizing the first Pancyprian Robotics Competition, Robotex Cyprus, next month. The groundbreaking event is expected to have a huge impact not only on young contestants but also on friends and families who will be visiting to support their own attendees. The main aim of the event is to develop and display an understanding of robotics technology in our country and recognise the importance of coding skills.
It offers challenges for people of all ages, from children in the first grade of primary school to adults. The youngest age group gets to build a computer which should have an ability to make a person’s life easier. Older children get to tackle ‘city passing’, where a robot has to navigate its way through a ‘city’, with a roundabout and a traffic light, in order to arrive at a designated parking place. Another challenge is the ‘Sumo’, where two robots will be ‘wrestling’ in a ring until one of them is pushed out of the ring. Then, there is also ‘maze solving’, where the winner will be the one who can get to the centre of a labyrinth from a corner, having to backtrack and renavigate if they end up in a cul-de-sac. Participants are asked to prepare a team of 2 to 4 people to create robots using the ENGINO, LEGO, EDISON and ARDUINO platforms to take part in the various challenges. For each challenge, there are strict rules which the Cyprus organisers have adopted from Estonia.
These are a pretty basic things, in comparison to what’s on the robotic horizon. “By the middle of the 21st century, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall win a soccer game, complying with the official rules of Fifa, against the winner of the most recent World Cup,” according to international robotics competition RoboCup. However, Cyprus is just starting out when it comes to robotics competitions and this is a great step for us. Besides, what seems rather basic is not that simple in practice and this is a great step forward for us.
Winners, in addition to rich prizes and scholarships, will also be eligible to participate in the ROBOTEX Worldwide Contest in Estonia.
So far, more than 70 teams have registered. More participants can register, free of charge, for Robotex17 until May 25 and the public is invited to visit Robotex17 at the Costas Papaellinas Athletic Centre in Strovolos, Nicosia on June 25th.
For more information visit www.robotex.org.cy