Who We Are:
We are the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society at the University of Texas at Austin, an organization that works to bring undergraduate students from electrical, mechanical, aerospace, and other fields together to create robots. We provide hands-on robotics opportunities for our members no matter their experience level and aspire to make robotics more accessible to persons of all backgrounds. We have both noncompetitive and competitive projects to provide students with a variety of options that will fit their needs. We also participate in outreach events where we hope to promote our passion for robotics to our local community.
One of our newest competitive committees is RoboMaster. RoboMaster combines elements of League of Legends and an FPS game along with robotics and engineering. Two teams put 3 robots out on the field, each with a different set of abilities, and a goal of taking down the other team’s base. In order to win, robots shoot plastic pellets at the opposing team’s robots and base. You can find out more about the international competition here or more about the North American competition here.
RoboMaster is unlike any other collegiate-level robotics competition. Not only does the competition challenge students to build both autonomous and driver-controlled robots, but it also allows teams the opportunity to construct drones. Teams use industry-standard programs like Keil and CAD software, allowing students to gain more practical experience in their respective engineering fields of study. RoboMaster is also a very new competition in the United States, which allows us to greatly impact its future.
Our team consists of two subteams: Mechanical and Electrical/Software. In the past semester, the Mechanical team has been working on CAD drawings of the chassis, turret, and shooter. We’ve also built a fully functioning prototype of an indexer for the plastic pellets that we use as ammunition. The Electrical/Software team has completed a mechanism wheel chassis program. We’ve taken the majority of our time to learn how to program the STM32 microcontroller.
How your contribution will help:
As a rookie team, we do not have the same resources as many established teams, so we have been taking advantage of all the equipment and materials UT offers. While our current budget has allowed us to advance this far, with more resources, we could elevate our robots to another level. It would also give us the freedom to host demonstrations and spread STEM to our community. Your support will give us freedom to host demonstrations and spread STEM to our community. Please donate today!