The 2018 NEOREP middle school competition was titled Mission to Mars. Teams had to design a robot that would navigate through a maze built on a 4'x8' sheet of plywood and complete Games 1 (Mars Landing) & Games 2 (Stake Your Claim). In Game 1, robots begin in the Start Zone and travel through the course and come to a stop completely within the white space of the Mars Landing Zone. In Game 2, robots would start in the Start Zone pre-loaded with their flag. The teams would have to autonomously navigate to the other side of the table and deposit the flag completely within the white space of the Mars Landing Zone. The robots have to then pick up a "rock" from the MLZ and transport it to the Mars Lab Zone. Both games require the robots to display total time taken and distance traveled upon completion.


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