2020 COSGC Colorado Robotics Challenge
Date(s) - 04/11/2020
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Why a Robotics Challenge?
Continuing the legacy of the site of the Great Sand Dunes National Park as an ideal testing ground to simulate a Mars-like environment, Adams State University in Alamosa and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium are excited facilitate the annual event. Like engineers working on the Viking Landers in the 1970’s, student from around the country challenge their creations to perform well on courses of various complexity – practicing their programming, troubleshooting, and quick thinking skills as robots move, avoid obstacles, navigate, and/or track a beacon to successfully maneuver obstacles.
This Challenge is designed to further robot development and challenge teams to learn about electronics, programming and operating in a difficult environment. Our site, at the Great Sand Dunes National Park, is an excellent location for a simulated Mars mission. The terrain near the Sand Dunes creates an environment similar to what can be found on Mars. Participants should design their robots to function is a range of temperatures and natural terrain. There will be wind, ground vegetation, and other not-found-in-the-lab challenges which can render many sensors and movement systems non-functional. Sand has a way of rendering moving parts inoperative. The challenge the terrain presents are not trivial; it is the perfect outdoors laboratory where different ideas can be tested and evaluated.
For more information visit the COSGC website.