Engineers Week - 2012 Billiken Robotics Challenge

February 18, 2012

Saint Louis University, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, 3450 Lindell Blvd, Rotunda of McDonnell Douglas Hall

Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Date and time: Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 9 a.m. - noon
Location: Saint Louis University, McDonnell Douglas Hall, 3450 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63103 

Renewable Energy Robotics Challenge 2012

The 2012 Renewable Energy Robotics Challenge at Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology brings attention and awareness to the use of renewable energy technology for society. It will challenge teams of students from local high schools to build a mobile robot to transport and use energy from renewable sources to raise a flag. Whichever team raises the flag the fastest over the course of 3 rounds wins. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishing teams.

robotics2012logo0The competition will be held during Engineer’s Week in the rotunda of McDonnel Douglas Hall on the SLU campus. The competition is being hosted and carried out by faculty from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Parks. 

About the competition

The challenge competition involves building a robot out of common hardware store materials and basic electronics that will harvest energy from models of 3 sources, solar, wind, and hydroelectric. The playing field consists of an 8’x8’ platform that has walls, a flag, and 3 energy storage devices that provide energy. 

Each robot will be remote control operated and must navigate around the walls, collect energy, return to the flag, and raise the flag using only the harvested energy. A 5 minute limit is enforced for each run. If the flag is successfully raised, the time required to raise the flag is the score for that round. The rules provide for contingency scoring if the flag is not fully raised. 

The competition rules will be delivered to each team during the Workshop on January 7th. Each team will be allowed to practice on the actual playing field at Parks College on Feburary 12th. Two faculty are assigned to be a point of contact for questions about the competition rules, the competition trials, or the electrical characteristics/construction of the energy sources/flag. 

Download the competition rules.


The Workshop, Practice Day and Competition will be held on the Saint Louis University campus with the following dates: 
Workshop: January 7th, 2012, 9 - 11 a.m.
Practice Day: Feburary 11, 2012, 9 - 11 a.m.
Contest: Feburary 18, 2012, 9 a.m. - noon

The events will be held in the heart of the mid-town St. Louis campus and the venues are conveniently located by several parking garages and limited street parking is also available. For your convenience, detailed campus maps will be provided with your registration confirmation email.

About the electrical and computer engineering programs at SLU

elec-1Electrical and Computer Engineering are two of the most exciting fields of engineering. Over the past decades electrical and computer engineers have been responsible for ground-breaking technological advances in the 20th century. These fields continue to have a positive impact on society in the 21st century.

Electrical and Computer Engineering students at Parks College are prepared to be pioneers in the profession, with experience in research, design, development and operation of electrical and electronic components and systems. They get acquainted with the tools of the discipline through experiments, independent projects and assisting professors with research. 

Within the context of Saint Louis University and Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology, the mission of the Electrical and Computer Engineering program is to prepare graduates to enter into a graduate program or a productive electrical or computer engineering profession.

Click here to learn more about getting an electrical or computer engineering degree at SLU. 

EWeek at Parks College

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Join us for EWeek 2012 at Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology! This year’s festivities at SLU will focus on the theme of Grand Challenges in Engineering. There are many Grand Challenges facing our world today such as making solar energy economical, restore and improve urban infrastructure, provide access to clean water, and engineer better medicines.

When you register, you may select the activities that you would like to participate in and you will receive a personalized EWeek itinerary with all of your selections.  Events will be going on throughout the week and there are many opportunities to get involved.  With over a dozen activities planned, there is something for everyone!

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National EWeek

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Engineers Week was founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers. EWeek is dedicated to raising public awareness of engineers’ contributions to society
It promotes an understanding of just how essential technical education and advanced levels of math, science, and technology are to students. The goal is to motivate youth to pursue engineering careers in order to sustain a diverse and strong engineering workforce.
EWeek reaches thousands of schools, universities, corporations and organizations nationally. Parks College is proud to be part of the celebration and tradition of EWeek!

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