The Professional level will run very similarly to the WSU MINDSTORMS Challenges of the past. Several changes have been made to the rules for 2008.
First year teams DO NOT have to participate in the Apprentice level before registering for the Professional Level. The Apprentice level has fewer challenges and is designed for teams that have not had much experience working with the MINDSTORMS equipment or are having trouble coming up with the minimum eight team members required for a Professional level team.
Professional Level Participation:
Professional level teams will have the opportunity to participate in 5 different missions created by WSU engineering students. Each of these missions is independent of the others and will be judged separately. During the MINDSTORMS Challenge game day, all five missions will be available for teams to complete. Teams can choose to participate in a single mission, multiple missions, or all missions. Missions may be accomplished in any order. Professional level teams may NOT participate in any of the three Apprentice level missions.
In addition to the five mission challenges, there are three other categories for Professional level teams to participate. The MINDSTORMS Challenge encourages teamwork, presentation, and sportsmanship. To compete for the MINDSTORMSAward, teams will be required to have a TableDisplay/Notebook, give an Oral Presentation, and exhibit exemplary Sportsmanship/Spirit in addition to completing 3 of the 5 Professional Missions.
Teams will be made up of 8 -15 students currently in grades 4th – 8th or 9 - 14 years of age. One unique coach (18 or over) must sponsor each team. More coaches and supervision are encouraged but one unique coach must represent each team. The coach does not have to be a teacher. The coach can be any adult (18 or over) who is the team contact, supervises, provides support, and represents one unique team. Teams may be formed from any combination of students in 4th - 8th grades representing any combination of schools, homeschools, Girl Scout/Boy Scout troops, after-school groups, etc.
Each Professional level team must have at least 8 and no more than 15 pre-registered members. No exceptions to this rule. The MINDSTORMS Challenge is designed to encourage collaboration and cooperation within a design team. In order to design, build, program the robots, and prepare for the presentation/challenge,the minimum number of students on a team is 8. Name badges, certificates, and prizes are all made ahead of time for each pre-registered student. Please make sure that you have your team members' names and information correct when you register.
Professional level teams may only use one RCX/NXT throughout the day to build robots that complete missions. The coach will bring the team RCX/NXT to the registration table on game day so that the serial number can be registered. The RCX/NXT serial number will be checked at every mission to ensure that the same RCX/NXT is being used throughout the day. THERE ARE NO OTHER EQUIPMENT RESTRICTIONS. Professional teams may use any LEGO pieces that they wish to build their robots. Unlimited number and kinds of motors, sensors, tires, bricks, etc.
There are no limits to the software language used to program your robot.
No form of remote control can be used in the missions including the LEGO remote control that can be purchased separately. Each robot must be programmed to perform autonomously and can have NO human contact of any kind during the mission unless it is specified in the mission guidelines. Anyone using Bluetooth device to control any NXT will be disqualified!
Attention Registered Teams: If you have a question about a mission or a challenge please click on the "Questions" link to the left and fill out the FAQ form. This method will help us answer questions more efficiently and archive questions and comments for use in future planning. Please do not send question through e-mail. Thank you!
The 2008 MINDSTORMS Challenge is free to participants and jointly sponsored by Wichita State University’s Colleges of Engineering and Education, and Spirit Aerosystems.