GS1140: Negotiating a Maze
GS1140: Negotiating a Maze
ITT-Technical Institute San Bernardino
The purpose of this project is to explore the design of a maze, a robot, and a strategy to participate in the micromouse competition according to IEEE regulations. According to the IEEE regulations the robot has to navigate the maze on its own. For this project we will be going over some of the different parts that are used in the robot to be able to have it navigate itself through the maze. Each robot has to find its way through the maze and figure out how to get all the way through the maze. It will go through one time to figure out how to finish the maze then it will go ahead and do a full run from the beginning to the end and see if the robot makes any mistakes.
The objective of the contest is to build a small self-contained robot to negotiate a maze in the shortest possible time. The rules for the robot are as follows: MicroMouse shall be self-contained (no remote controls), MicroMouse shall not use an energy source employing a combustion process, MicroMouse shall not jump over, fly over, climb, scratch, cut, burn, mark, damage, or destroy the walls of the maze, MicroMouse shall not be larger either in length or in width than 16 cm, and any violation of the rules will constitute immediate disqualification from the contest and ineligibility for the associated prizes.
The maze must be: composed of multiples of an 18cm x 18cm unit square, walls are 5 cm high and 1.2 cm thick, the outside wall encloses the entire maze, sides of the maze walls are white, the tops of the walls are red, and the floor is black, must be made of wood, finished with a non-gloss paint, start of the maze is located at one of the four corners, start square is bounded on three sides by walls, start line is located between the first and its second squares, and multiple paths to the destination square are allowed but the destination square must be positioned so that a wall-hugging robot will not be able to find it.
Contestant rules are as follows: Each contesting MicroMouse is not allocated any time to access the maze prior to their first run, contestants have 10 minutes in which a robot successfully reaches the destination square is given a run time. The minimum run time shall be the robot’s official time, First prize goes to the robot with the shortest official time, two timers will be used for each contestant one for the 10 min timer and another for individual runs, initial run may be started from any of the 4 starting squares all runs after the first run will be started from the initial starting square, after the maze is disclosed, the operator shall not feed information on the maze into the MicroMouse however switch positions may be changed for the purpose of changing programs within the robot, the illumination, temperature, and humidity of the room shall be those of an ambient environment ( 40 to 120 degrees F) run timer starts when the front edge of the robot crosses the start line and stops when the front edge of the robot crosses the finish line, every time the robot leaves the start square a new run begins, a robot may after reaching the destination square continue to navigate the maze as long as there is total maze time available, if a robot continues to navigate the maze after reaching the destination square the time taken will not count toward any run however the 10-minute times will continue to run, judges reserve the right to ask the operator for an explanation of the MicroMouse, also reserve the right to stop a run and declare disqualification or give instructions as appropriate, a contestant may not feed information on the maze to the MicroMouse, contestants cannot alter the weight or the robot, and all robots must be presented to the judges by the original design team.
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