This page is a live document. The program FAQs will be updated on a weekly basis.
- Who is eligible to participate in the Robotics competition?
Grades 6-8 students who study in Rancho Cordova schools or who reside in the city of Rancho Cordova.
- Who is organizing this program?
In partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, Suvidha International Foundation, a Sacramento based non-profit, is organizing this program. This program is funded thanks to the City of Rancho Cordova’s Community Enhancement Fund.
- When is the competition?
The competition is scheduled for May 21st, 2022.
- Where is the competition?
The competition will be at the City Hall, City of Rancho Cordova, 2729 Prospect Park Dr, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.
- How many teams can participate in the program?
The program can accommodate a maximum of 16 teams.
- How many members can be in each of the teams?
The team shall have 3 to 8 members.
- Are there any charges for the participants?
The program is free for all the participants. Robot kits will be provided but they have to be returned after the competition.
- Do teams get to keep the robot kits and parts after the competition?
No. The teams shall return the robot kits after the competition. Teams shall sign a Equipment Return Form. The robot kits and parts have to be returned to Suvidha International Foundation.
- How many training workshops will be conducted?
We are targeting to conduct two in-person or virtual training workshops depending upon COVID pandemic seriousness and local county restrictions. We will provide a mentor to each of the teams. Mentors will provide additional support to the teams during the competition preparation. The contact details of the team mentors are available at https://suvidhainternational.org/mentors
- What is the time commitment for the team every week?
We expect the team to meet at least once a week for 2 hours. However teams can meet more frequently based on their needs and progress.
- How are the competition rules documented?
The Game Manual will document all the rules and regulations. The Game Manual is a living document with periodic updates to clarify and update different sections.
- What does the robot need to do during the competition?
Refer to the Game Manual for the details
- What type of robot kits will be used in the competition?
LEGO® Education SpikeTM Prime and Prime Expansion sets. Refer to the Game Manual for additional details.
- How are the teams rewarded?
Every team member gets hands-on robotics experience and will learn new skills through this program. This journey is priceless. In addition, we are planning for at least three top prizes based on the overall performance during the competition.
- Will there be access to mentors?
Each team will be provided with adult and youth mentors. All of these mentors have been part of other organized robotics programs for multiple years. The contact details of the team mentors are available at https://suvidhainternational.org/mentors. If any team has additional questions or needs, they can reach out to the organization team.
- Do teams receive any technical resources and references?
Organization team will provide an initial set of technical resources and references and the teams can build on this. We specifically chose the game elements to be foundational and so there is a lot of information available on the Internet.
- Can new members join the existing teams?
New members may join with the permission from the organization team. The maximum team strength cannot exceed 8 members.