RoboCupJunior USA Rescue
RoboCupJunior USA Rescue mirrors the real life use of robots to rescue people from life-threatening situations. Teams of two or more students design and program a rescue robot to complete the rescue mission in fully autonomous mode with no human assistance. The robots use all types of sensors to navigate through debris and obstacles, to sweep through rooms, to go up and down ramps, and to look for the victim to save. Teams may use any technologies (materials, controllers, sensors, etc.) they choose, as long as the robot does not violate RoboCupJunior USA Rescue rules.
The rescue competition is comprised of two sub-leagues: Rescue Line and Rescue Maze.
In the Rescue Line sub-league, robots navigate the mission environment by following a 1-2 cm wide black line that winds through multiple rooms in the environment. At the end of its rescue run, the robot must "rescue" a victim by moving the victim to an area called the Evacuation Zone. The Rescue Line sub-league is divided into two age brackets: Rescue Line Primary is for teams in which all members are 11-14*. Rescue Line Open is for teams in which all members are 11-19*. All ages are determined as of July 1, 2017. In addition, Rescue Line at the RoboCupJunior 2017 international championships in Nagoya, Japan will have ONLY the Rescue Line Open sub-league and not a Rescue Line Primary sub-league. Accordingly, teams wishing to be able to qualify to participate in internationals must compete in the Rescue Line Open sub-league at the USA competition.
* In the USA, 8-10 year old students are allowed to join Rescue Line teams, but they will not be allowed to continue with the team if it is invited to participate in the RoboCupJunior 2017 international championships in Nagoya, Japan.
In the Rescue Maze sub-league, the robot must use sensors navigate a maze. There is no line to follow and the robot must find multiple victims throughout the environment. And finding the victims is no easy feat because they are represented by heat sources located near the floor of the environment. Rescue Maze team members must be 11-19* as of July 1, 2017.
* In the USA, 8-10 year old students are allowed to join Rescue Maze teams, but they will not be allowed to continue with the team if it is invited to participate in the RoboCupJunior 2017 international championships in Nagoya, Japan.
Competition rules are posted in the Team Resources section of this site.