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contest. This is the second annual. Send your robot to town to compete
with others. If you want in, sign up now! The future of Mini Sumo
competition is at hand, and we should have even better video equipment
with live webcast this year.
Last year we had one Ship-In, plus our students. Our students showed
them to be fairly tough competitors, and now they've got big heads.
Since the class runs every other year, we have lost some students to
graduation and jobs, and a few will be back to compete. We already
have a couple Ship-In's, so more than last year, but overall it looks
like a light field this year. With total competitors down, your odds
are good for winning. What an opportunity for bragging rights! Please,
this year, all you guys who thought about entering should actually
enter, and do it soon! Just two weeks to go!
What better example of showing your robots have matured, than you send
them off to compete in a contest on their own, and then watch the Live
Webcast as they "duke it out" with other robots from across the
country (or the world? Yes, at least one international competitor).
Last year, we had over a hundred live viewers including a dozen
different countries looking on. The room is beautiful, and the video
production quite professional.
So this really has the potential of growing into a very significant
Following below are details from the sponsor.
We have reserved the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall for 8 am to
Noon, Thursday, April 26, for the "Second UNI Mini-Sumo Robotics
Challenge." [This was where we held the event last year.] Updating
what we sent out last year:
The 2007 Mini-Sumo Robotics Challenge--hosted by the University of
Northern Iowa Physics Department
1. The Second UNI Mini-Sumo Robotics Challenge will accept a maximum
of 12 robots from outside UNI for the April 26 event. Those wishing to
enter should e-mail Cliff Chancey at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will
validate their entry within 24 hours, or let them know that the
challengers have already been selected. Those selected will receive
2. There will be a $20 entry fee. Checks or money orders should be
made out to "UNI Physics Department" and included in the submission.
(Covers return postage, etc.)
3. The UNI Physics Dept. will return-mail each of the 12 challenger
robots to their owners using the packing materials that the robots
arrived with, where possible. The Department will make a good faith
effort to return all robots in operating condition but we cannot
guarantee this. We will use proper carriers (US Postal Service,
Fedex, or similar) but this is the extent of our promise. Challengers
must accept the normal risks of shipping sensitive equipment.