Eurobot is a second year design activity where students, working in groups of five, design one or two autonomous robots that compete against each other in a pick and place timed exercise. Teams deploy a systems design approach using advanced manufacturing techniques which can involve the use of CAD, laser cutting, 3D printed parts, and soldering. Teams are rewarded for innovation, manufacturing quality, reliability and points scoring capability.
Created in 1998, Eurobot is an international amateur robotics contest open to teams of young people, organised either in student projects or in independent clubs. Eurobot takes place in Europe but also welcomes countries from other continents. In 2015, 27 countries, represented by 400 teams, were involved in this science and technology contest, through its national qualifications and the world final. This year’s theme is entitled “Robomovies” and the task is to pick and place elements to score points.
Two Southampton teams represented the UK in the world finals in Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland, 22-24 May 2015.