The lore of MicroMouse extends back almost 50 years, when it was introduced by the IEEE.
Events are held around the world, including at our nearby coastal neighbor’s campus, MIT.
This May, the Long Island Robotics and Automation chapter brings the Micromouse competition to Long Island!
MicroMouse involves a palm-size robot whose task is to navigate through a 16X16 cell maze; fastest time wins.
In addition, actuator and sensor operation are of great importance from a speed standpoint.
As a result, the Competition offers an interesting technical challenge and a wonderful educational opportunity for its student-competitors.
Teams and interested individuals can REGISTER here https://forms.gle/vF4j6qcgKxGQDq5N6 to receive Competition information as it becomes available.
On Jan. 24, 2022, Gim Soon Wan, IEEE Boston Section Student Activities Chair, 4X Regional Winner and a World MicroMouse Champion gave a presentation of an Introduction to MicroMouse. Here are some highlights from that presentation.
Maze comprises 16 x 16 of 18cm x 18cm unit squares
Walls are 5cm high and 1.2cm thick
Side walls is white color, and the top shall be red or white color
Outside walls enclose the entire maze
Maze floor shall be made of wood and finished with a non-gloss paint
Start square is at one of the 4 corners of the maze Destination is at the central square space (4 squares) There must be at least one wall touching each pole.
A self-contained mobile robot that must not leave anything behind while negotiating in the maze
No combustion energy sources
Must not step over, climb over, scratch, or damage the walls during exploring in a maze.
Dimensions shall not greater than 25cm in length or width. But, there is no height limit.