UKMATTS 2017 Report

The UKMATTS Micromouse competition took place on November 4th at Hazlemere near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.

The event was organised and run by Duncan Louttit. The maze and line following track were kindly lent to us by Birmingham City University. The timing gear was provided by David Hannaford, Ian Butterworth and Duncan Louttit. For the first time in the drag race event, competitors’ reaction times were logged. Another first in the senior competition was “ratification” where the mice were weighed and measured as they were registered by the entrants.

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UK Micromouse – Autumn 2017

The Autumn event this year will be held at the Hazlemere Community centre. Doors open for competitors at 09:30 and all are welcome. If you can get there to help set up at 09:00, that would be great.

Lunch will be around 1pm and we expect to be done by around 4pm with just the clearing away to worry about. There will also be an opportunity to discuss Minos and next year’s summer contest.

Solver heats and practice will take place during the day

The proposed running order is:

  • Ratification
  • Line Follower Contests
  • Drag Racing
  • Wall Following
  • Micromouse Maze Solvers

The venue is here:

Bring your robot or just come to watch. Either way, it will be a great day.

 

Winter is Coming

In the past, we have run a November Robotics event at Birmingham City University. It seems that will no longer be possible but there is still a desire to have a late autumn event.  The event will have micromouse as its centrepiece but is likely to include line-follower, wall-follower and drag race events as well as any others that you want to run.

This year, it will be held in the Hazlemere Community Centre on November 4th. Full details later. Meantime, the new event needs a name. Some suggestions have been made – not all of them, I presume, serious.

Here is your chance to make your mark. Make a suggestion of your own or vote for one of those already made. the judges decision will be final. If we can find some judges.

Remember: Vote Early, Vote Often.

POLL NOW CLOSED

Vote for or Suggest a name for the November Robot contest formerly known as RoboFest
  • UK Micromouse - Autumn 2xxx 53%, 8 votes
    8 votes 53%
    8 votes - 53% of all votes
  • NovoBot 33%, 5 votes
    5 votes 33%
    5 votes - 33% of all votes
  • The Autumn-o-mouse Robot Trial* 13%, 2 votes
    2 votes 13%
    2 votes - 13% of all votes
Total Votes: 15
Voters: 14
July 11, 2017 - July 28, 2017
* - added by visitor
Voting is closed

You may vote for up to three choices and/or add your own.
You can also come back and change your mind later when a more cool suggestion is made so check back.
And no, Robot McBotFace will not be chosen. For anything.

© Kama

 

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