$10 Robot Design Challenge hopes to make robotics accessible in schools around the world

$10 Robot Design ChallengeBy Bryan Bishop on July 14, 2012

AFRON — the African Robotics Network — has recently launched a new contest that it hopes will encourage educational interest in robotics in Africa and other emerging countries. The brainchild of professors Ken Goldberg and Ayorkor Korsah, AFRON's Ten Dollar Robot Design Challenge encourages students, individuals, professionals, and organizations to build a robot for a target price of $10.

Three different categories of devices will be judged: robots tethered directly to a computer for functionality, stand-alone devices that are programmed externally on a computer, and all-in-ones where all programming and processing happens on the robot itself. First, second, and third place prizes will be bestowed upon the winners, who will receive cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100, respectively — along with a Raspberry Pi.

The designs will be judged on their cost, how easy it would be to reproduce them, and their utility in educational settings.

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A community of institutions, organizations and individuals engaged in robotics in Africa. AFRON seeks to promote communication and collaborations that will enhance robotics-related education, research, and industry on the continent.

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