2018 Rules are complete. 

Please see below.

RULES Contacts:

Prof. David Ahlgren, Past Chairman/Advisory Council

Ed Falat, Advisory Council

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2018 Contest Rules

The 2018 Contest Rules are available for download from our DropBox.  Significant changes have been made and we need your input to ensure that no special details were overlooked.  We invite your comments and questions regarding the rules - Email Us.  We will answer all questions in a timely manner and consider all comments carefully.  Please check back often to ensure you have the most recent rules.  The orange date stamp above will let you know the last time updates were made.

All robot teams must submit a photograph of their robot in ADVANCE of the contest.  The Robot Compliance Inspector will review all robots and offer feedback to those who do not meet the required specifications.  This will help ensure the robot you bring to the contest will be admitted into the event.  There is a $25 fee applied to all teams who do not submit the five (5) photographs by March 15, 2018 according to the outline below:

  • All photographs should be in JPEG format
  • There are five (5) required positions:  front view, back view, left side view, right side view, top view
  • All photographs must use the following naming scheme:  robotname.front; robotname.back; robotname.left; robotname.right;
  • The five (5) photographs should be emailed here using the subject line:  Robot Contest = Division Name, Robot Name
  • A separate email with photographs should be sent for each robot entered into the contest

2018 Olympiad Exam

The Olympiad Exam will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 and is open to all registered individuals and teams at no cost. More information about the Olympiad Exam are listed in the rules (download above).  Questions for the Olympiad exam will be based on material from two introductory robotics textbooks, listed below. To prepare your team for the Olympiad exam, be sure to study these books and relate the theory to your robot project.

1. David G. Alciatore and Michael B. Histand, Introduction to Mechatronics and Measurement Systems, McGraw Hill, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0073380230.  The book may be viewed online here as a PDF.

2. Maja J. Mataric, The Robotics Primer, MIT Press, ISBN: 9780262633543.  The book may be viewed online here as a PDF.

Versa Valve Challenge

Click HERE to download information regarding the Versa Valve Challenge, including the specifics on the EZ valve that is offered (for free) to all registered contact participants.  Teams may request the EZ Valve during the online registration process or via email.  The EZ Valve will be shipped to you.

2018 Registration Fees

Registration for the 2018 contest will be open from December 1, 2017 to March 15, 2018.

A non-refundable registration fee is required for each robot entered into the contest.  The fee must accompany each entry.  If you want to enter two (or more) robots, then you must build two (or more) robots.  The same physical robot cannot be entered twice, even if two (or more) entry fees are paid.  Paypal and credit cards are the only accepted method of payment and is required at the time of registration.

Firefighting Robots

  • Junior Division - $75 (elementary and junior high school level)
  • High School - $85 (high school level)
  • Senior - $85 (college level and beyond)
  • Walking - $85



OCT 31 2017


April 7-8, 2018      Hartford, Connecticut USA

Trinity College International Robot Contest