One of the core pillars of our group is to design and create robots! We participate in several competitions around the United States and locally, as well as other non-competitive robot builds. Teams are generally formed around a robot, and are organized by one or more project leads as well as sub-team leads. UMN students of any major or skill level are welcome to join, no prior experience required! Teams are made up of a variety of backgrounds and majors, and are usually organized into sub teams for areas like mechanical, electrical, software along with other project specific sub-teams.
University of Minnesota Robotics competes in a variety of collegiate robotics competitions such as Autonomous Snowplow, VEX U, NASA robotic mining, and FTCU. It is not mandatory to participate in these teams as a member, but we highly encourage interested members to join.
Noncompetitive builds and projects:
We also host several noncompetitve robot builds as well as fund members project proposals, be it robots or otherwise. Our Robot in 3 Days build for the First Robotics Competition (FRC) is the most popular build we do, with a live stream of the entire event available. Robot in one weekend is another similar project, but designed around the First Tech Challenge (FTC).
Previous non competitve robot builds include:
- an air hockey bot
- Hexacopter, a drone project
- mini-6, drivetrain prototype bots
- "Paul-Bot", a smaller FTC robot
- a large scale BB-8 robot
Other non-competitive projects the group has funded include:
- designing games for the Kinnect sensor
- a powdercoating oven
- a 3d print shredder and filament recycler
GOFIRST Robotics also creates an assortment of robots used to advance our own skills and to be used in demonstrations to inspire and educate. A detailed profile of our robots can be found in the robot gallery.