Launch of local robotics competition

September 29th, 2015, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

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Join high school, college and university students from across South Africa, and from across Africa and around the world at the public launch of the world’s most affordable and innovative robotics competition on Saturday 3 October  2015 at Zwartkops Raceway, Quagga Road, Centurion, Gauteng from 10h00 to 16h00.

The first AfrikaBot competition, that will be held in  October 2016, offers teenagers and university students who are interested in robotics and electronics, the opportunity to participate at low cost.

The AfrikaBot competition is fully supported by the University of Johannesburg, the UJ TechnoLab that will be offering a series of workshops to assist those wanting to participate to build the AfrikaBot. The rules of the AfrikaBot competition, where robots will be electronically timed through a maze, allows for all types of equipment to be used. The scoring system favours home-built electronics and the use of recycled materials, and requires environmentally-friendly robot power.

AfrikaBot brings together like-minded tech savvy young people, who will make their own innovative electronics and control systems. Robots will be programmed using a microcontroller and free software from one of the world’s leading robotics companies.

For more information, please visit www.robotscience.co.za where you will find detailed rules for AfrikaBot 2016 as well as instructions to help you to create an AfriKaBot as well as videos.

Contact Michael Ettershank, Tel 082 962-2772, michaele@uj.ac.za

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