IEEE Region 5 Student Robotics Competition

The Student Robotics Competition is sponsored by the IEEE Region 5 Committee. The student teams will be challenged to build autonomous robots within the competition rules and guidelines.  The competition will use a point system with the winning team receiving the highest number of points.  Details may be found in the official competition rules which will be issued shortly.

Eligibility: The IEEE Region 5 Student Robotics Competition invites the IEEE Student Branches, Eta Kappa Nu, and students at universities throughout IEEE Region 5 to send, undergraduate teams to compete in the competition.  The students must register for the IEEE Region 5 Student Conference and at least one student must be a current or pending IEEE or IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu member.  Team substitutions are at the discretion of the competition chair.

Space is limited so that competition registration will close when the available space for thirty (30) teams is filled. The first team to register from each university will have priority unless otherwise designated by the branch counselor. Additional teams from the same university will be allowed as space permits.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Each team is responsible for taking all precautions necessary to protect the floor, tables and chairs in the hotel ballroom.  Each team should bring a mat or other substantial protection to avoid damage from soldering to the floor, tables and chairs in the hotel ballroom.  Any team found to have damaged the floor, tables or chairs in the hotel ballroom will be disqualified and may be held liable for the damages.

New for 2020: This year we anticipate that competition rounds will be shorter, and each team will have more opportunities to compete.  There will not be a quarantine period between rounds, and teams will be able to work on their robots between their rounds, in a format more like other robotics competitions.  See the game rules file for more details.

Also, we intend to hold 2 scrimmage events prior to the final competition at the R5 Conference.  These are scheduled on Saturday November 16, 2019 and Saturday February 8, 2020, and will be held on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University.  These events should allow teams to become better familiar with the game, to get additional ideas for resolving issues, improving their designs, and allow the hosts to discover and address issues with the game prior to the R5 Conference.  Attendance at the scrimmage events is not required to participate in the final event, however it is expected that teams that do participate are more likely to perform well at the final event.  More details about the scrimmage events will be posted on the game rules discussion forum and will be emailed to teams that have already completed the Intent to Compete form below. 

Date: Saturday, 4 April 2020

The 2019 R5 Robotics Event in Lafayette, LA


Friday, 3 April 2020

  • 6:00PM – Ballroom open to student teams

Saturday, 4 April 2020

  • 8:30AM – First Round of Competition Begins
  • 12:00PM – Box Lunch
  • 3:00PM – Final Round of Competition Completed

Intent to Compete: Teams are strongly encouraged to submit the Intent to Compete form below as soon as possible. Teams MUST submit the form AND each member register for the IEEE Region 5 Student Conference to be eligible to compete. Teams will be notified by email of their acceptance or wait-listed status once they have completed registration.