The Competition Happened. It Was Fantastic!

Everyone outside

Student Robotics 2012 is over! After much hard work, hacking, and bodging, twenty teams from sixteen UK schools across five counties, and three countries came together to pit their robotic creations in a mammoth battle of wits.

Each team had to build a robot that could collect tokens & buckets to score points. Further points could be scored by placing the tokens into the robots’ zones, and by placing tokens into the collected buckets. The robots used a number of sensing mechanisms, from the provided vision system to various implementations of distance sensors.

The two days comprised a gruelling 46 match league stage provided seeding for the later knock-out stage that would determine the winners of Student Robotics 2012. Congratulations to all the competitors, whatever place achieved, we hope that you’ve all had fun & learnt something along the way.


Competition prize-giving

Prize Team
1st Place The Hitchhikers” - Peter Symmond’s College, Winchester
2nd Place Systemetric” - Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge
3rd Place Brockenhurst College, Brockenhurst
Committee Award Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke
Outstanding Team Aslan” - Peter Symmond’s College, Winchester
Online Presence MFG Robotics” - Mirfield Free Grammar, Huddersfield
First Robot Movement “MFG Robotics” - Mirfield Free Grammar, Huddersfield

For full details on the awards, please see the rulebook.


Once again the competition received real-time coverage from a live video feed and a twitter stream. Images from the event are available in the sr2012 group on Flickr.

The SR Team

SR2012 Competition is live

The competition is currently in full flow in Southampton, and for those of you unable to attend, you can watch it live online at

Please be aware that due to licencing restrictions, there is no audio on the video, and that the video will be switched off overnight.

We hope you enjoy watching the live footage, and that you might be able to join us for the competition in 2013.

The SR Team

SR2012 Competition nearly here!

There is just over a week to go before the SR2012 Competition!

Just over six months ago, this year’s Student Robotics competitors were tasked with building fully autonomous robots to play this year’s game, “Pirate Plunder”. In this game, robots race to collect cube-shaped tokens scattered randomly in the middle of the arena. Depositing these tokens into the bucket that each team has at the start of the match brings more points. However, teams can steal each other’s buckets, which means teams will need to make some interesting strategical decisions.

The competition will be taking place in Building 40, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton and is a two day event starting on Saturday 14th April at 9:30 AM. In a change to previous years, matches will start towards the end of the first day, so be sure that you don’t miss out! There will of course be time to work on your robot on the Saturday morning.

In addition, all team members must bring along their ticket, obtainable once a Media Consent Form has been received by Student Robotics. More details can be found on the SR2012 Competition Page.

We look forward to seeing you all there, good luck with the competition and may the best robot win!

The SR Team