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Standing Room Only at the
2000 Robot Games 
and Sumo
Competions 
at the San Francisco

Exploratorium!
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Following are the rules for some of the competitions held each year at the Exploratorium. The 2000 Games were held October  1, 2000 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the San Francisco Exploratorium in the Palace of Fine Arts. We hope to have date and contest information for the 2001 Games soon! 

Admission to the Exploratorium is free for those roboticists who register and bring a robot for competition or exhibition. Specific contests will take place provided there are sufficient entries to warrant a contest. If you are interested in building a robot for a particular contest, please let us know!

Typical events include the following:

Official Contests 

Contest Descriptions and Rules

Sumo (heavyweight) Robots compete by pushing each other out of a 5 foot diameter ring using brute strength, brilliant programming, sensors, etc.

Official FUJI All Japan Rules, modified for SFRSA to accomodate local conditions. Modifications to the rules include a 3 kg weight limit, 20 cm by 20 cm footprint, no height limitation, no sucking, gluing, damaging the surface, no destructive strategies, 5 second startup delay and the following:

  • Autonomous robots only - No remote control.
  • Round robin competition
  • Robot melee at the end.
  • The ring is 5 feet in diameter.

Complete rules here!

Karui Sumo (lightweight)

Same as specifications for heavyweight except the weight limit is 1 kg.

Mini Sumo

Same as specifications for heavyweight except with a lower  weight limit is .5 kg and a footprint of 10cm by 10cm.

Rope Climb

  • Robot climbs a 1/4 inch, #8 braided nylon rope 11 meters high.
  • Scoring: Up to 200 points - calculated as 200 seconds minus the time to climb up and down.
  • 100 extra points - If your robot uses a hand over hand latching mechanism.

This is a contest for mechanically inclined people. Computer and electronics are optional. No rockets, catapults, or balloons. Robots must have a safety ring to ensure that it doesn't disengage from the rope. 2kg weight limit.

Maze

Object is to complete a simple maze in the shortest time possible. Robot must be able to move in 30 inch wide corridors.

  • Autonomous robots only. No remote control or cable.
  • Penalty points for each time robot is helped by its master.
  • Penalty points worth half if robot knows it is stuck and calls its master.
  • Distance is judged by how far the last physical extension of the robot gets.
  • Score is based on distance completed as well as time taken to get there.
  • Time limit of 3 minutes per run.
  • Best of 3 runs.

Computer and electronics are optional. No rockets, catapults, or balloons. Robots must have a safety ring to ensure that it doesn't disengage from the rope. 2kg weight limit.

Line Following

Object is to complete a simple maze in the shortest time possible. Robot must be able to move in 30 inch wide corridors.

  • Autonomous robots only. No remote control or cable.
  • Time limit of 3 minutes per run.
  • Best of 3 runs.
  • The robot that finishes the course  with the quickest time will be the winner.
  • Line will be white electrical tape on the black floor of the Exploratorium.
  • Robot must complete course with no human intervention or other help.
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Last modified: May 22 2000