MRDC 2020 & 2021
Due to Covid 19, Engineering Open House and the MRDC competition were cancelled for Spring 2020. For the upcoming year, we plan to use the same theme and similar rules as to what we planned for last year’s competition. 2020’s competition was supposed to take place during the 100th EOH, so we wanted this competition to be a memorable one. Not having to focus much on the course elements allows us to spend more time creating a memorable experience for viewers, both online and in person, and competitors. This also gives our competitors ample time to put forward their best work thus adding to the experience. Overall, we want this MRDC competition to be one that will never be forgotten.
What is MRDC?
This student-run annual robotics competition lasts two days and features great ingenuity displayed by all participating teams. This competition started in 1987, making it one of the oldest continuing robotics competitions in America, predating both Battlebots and FIRST Robotics by several years.
The course involves the traversal of various obstacles to obtain game pieces. These game pieces will be rolled, thrown, or dropped into their respective goals, in order to score points. Each year there is a plethora of robot types, ranging from wheeled and manually-controlled robots, to autonomous robots and quadcopters. The arena is a raised platform with several different tiers. Obstacles can include moats, tunnels, and massive teeter totters. At the end of a competition there is an optional demolition round, in which robots can obliterate each other in a free for all frenzy to the last robot moving.