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Robotics 2016, 5(3), 12;

IDC Robocon: A Transnational Teaming Competition for Project-Based Design Education in Undergraduate Robotics

Advanced Robotics Centre, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117580, Singapore
Pillar of Engineering Product Development, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore 487372, Singapore
Department of Mechanical and Control Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo 152-8552, Japan
Department of Robotics and Mechatronics, Tokyo Denki University, Tokyo 120-8551, Japan
SJTU Engineering Training Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
College of Control Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Huosheng Hu
Received: 2 April 2016 / Revised: 5 June 2016 / Accepted: 22 June 2016 / Published: 24 June 2016
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This paper presents a robot design competition called ‘IDC Robocon’ as an effective tool for engineering education. The International Design Contest (IDC) Robocon competition has several benefits in creating a meaningful design experience for undergraduate engineering students and includes an international flavour as participants of the competition hail from all around the world. The problem posed to the contestants is to design, build and test mobile robots that are capable of accomplishing a task. A primary goal of the competition is to provide undergraduates with a meaningful design experience with an emphasis on mechanical design, electronic circuits and programming. It is hoped that by placing the emphasis on the design, the course will encourage more undergraduates to go into the field of engineering design. This paper presents the latest 2015 IDC Robocon (the 26th edition) in detail and discusses course of events and results in terms of the educational experience. In this competition, a simulated space problem of cleaning the debris from orbit is proposed for the latest IDC Robocon competition. Teams, comprising of students from multiple countries work together to develop robotic systems to compete with each other in collecting the foam balls and delivering them to the rotating the holder. View Full-Text
Keywords: IDC Robocon; robot competition; project-based; robotics education IDC Robocon; robot competition; project-based; robotics education

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Tan, N.; Mohan, R.E.; Foong, S.; Yamakita, M.; Iwase, M.; Hatakeyama, S.; Kamamichi, N.; Song, L.; Wang, Y.; Zhu, Q. IDC Robocon: A Transnational Teaming Competition for Project-Based Design Education in Undergraduate Robotics. Robotics 2016, 5, 12.

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