2020 STEM/SUMO Robotics Competition Rules

These rules will apply to the STEM/SUMO Competition on Sat Oct 24, 2020 and Sat Nov 14, 2020.

The competition will consists of six individual events and one team mystery event.

SUMO wrestling robots tournament.  Each age category and robot category will compete in a four-on-four or two-on-two tournament style bracket competition until one robot team is left in each category. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will be recognized in each category.

  •  Teams shall consists of one student and one robot. A different qualified robot can be used for each match but may not be changed during a match.
  •  All ground remote-controlled vehicles are allowed. This includes robots and R/C cars or custom vehicles.
  •  Vehicles sizes shall be as follows:

3rd – 5th  16″ x 16″ x 16″ maximum
6th – 8th  (small robot) 16″ x 16″ x 16″ maximum
6th – 8th (large robot) 20″ x 20″ x 20″ maximum
9th – 12th  (small robot) 16″ x 16″ x 16″ maximum
9th – 12th (large robot) 20″ x 20″ x 20″ maximum
3rd-12th R/C cars will be sized by small (< 14″) or large (>= 14″)

All robots can expand after the match starts.

  • Based on age group and robot size the play fields are 3rd-5th (8′ x 8′), 6th-8th (10′ x 10′), or 9th-12th (12′ x 12′).
  • Vehicles cannot have any sharp edges and no added excessive weight. They can have duct tape, wood, cardboard, paper, plastic, etc as part of the robot build structure.
  • Sumo rules: Robots start by driving in the opposite direction near the center of the mat.  30 points is earned when your opponent is disabled (up to 10 sec). 20 points when your opponent is pushed off the mat (any robot part touching off the mat). Each lost part assembly (one or more parts together) is minus 5 points. Each robot has two corner blocks on diagonal corners.  Each block can be pushed over entirely off the mat only one time. It is moved by the judge and not replaced. 10 points for the first block and 20 points for the second block. Play stops (but not time) and robots are restarted near the middle of the mat after each scored points. Points cannot be earned in a row without a restart. Time will be stopped for lost bluetooth. Play will continue for all lost parts and dead battery.  Players need to always start with a full battery.  Judges will remove all lost parts from the mat as soon as possible. In case of a tie a one minute matches will be played until the tie is broken.

Five other individual events

  1. Tool ID (required). Participants will have ten minutes to identify up to 25 basic hand tools.
  2. Math (required). Each grade group will have 15 minutes to work as many as 20 grade level math problems.
  3. Science (required). Participants will watch one or two cool science experiment(s) and answer 20 total questions.
  4. Drone Flying.  A mini-drone will be flown through several vertical hula-hoops and back. Up to five drone flying categories will be judged.
  5. Virtual Reality (VR). A VR tournament will be given for each category with the VR game called “Beat Saver”.

Team Mystery Event

Each school/organization can have one team of four for each 10 students.  The Mystery event will take place after lunch break and will be announced at that time. The entire event can take up to one hour.

Any of the above events may change as necessary for the competition.

date posted:  9-21-20

Mississippi Robotics