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RoboRAVE Colorado

We are hosting the third annual Colorado RoboRAVE competition on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 9 am to 5 pm, at Monte Vista High School in Monte Vista, Colorado (295 E. Prospect Ave, Monte Vista, CO 81144). This low-cost, high impact robotics competition allows all youth robotics teams from Colorado and surrounding communities the opportunity to compete in challenges of varying difficulty levels. Youth can use any robotics platform valued under $1500.

The 2018 contest will feature the following challenges:

a-MAZE-ing Challenge (Elementary & Middle School)

Precisely navigate an elevated wooden maze, made up of 45, 90 and 135 degree turns in under 2 minutes. Gain extra points by finishing under the time limit.

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  • Note: Age divisions will be combined to compete against each other for this event. Elementary teams should prepare to run on a middle school-length track.

Jousting Challenge (Elementary & Middle School)

Write a basic line follow program and build a platform for your water bottle "knight". Then face off against other teams to see who can knock their opponent's knight off first.

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  • Note: Age divisions will be combined to compete against each other for this event. Elementary teams will compete agains middle school teams.

Line Following Challenge (Middle & High School)

Follow a line through junctions to a tower in order to deliver a payload of ping pong balls. Return to the starting point, and repeat until you deliver a set number of ping pong balls.

SumoBot (Elementary, Middle & High School) NEW THIS YEAR!

Design, build, and program an autonomous robot that can push one or more opponent sumo robot(s) off an elevated wrestling ring. At our event, we’ll only be offering the mini class.

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  • Note: Age divisions will be combined to compete against each other for this event. All robots must be in the "Mini" class: i.e. all robots must weigh under 1 kg.

Entreprenuerial Challenge (High School & Big Kids) NEW THIS YEAR!

Create an innovative, working robotic product (autonomous and/or remote controlled) that customers will want to buy! Market your product to event attendees to earn their votes.

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  • Note: We permit college teams to participate in this event as "Big Kids", in addition to the High School Division. Our voting policies will be adjusted for our crowd and judges. Each attendee will get one vote. Judge vote weight will be based on total number of votes. Judges will get votes weighted to 20 percent of the total.

We generally follow all RoboRAVE International official rules. Exceptions generally involve offering more limited age divisions, combinging age divisions, and having smaller tournaments (for example, they may be 4 team tournaments instead of 8 team tournaments). All of these exceptions are just a response to the smaller size of our event.

Get more information about each challenge, including videos, on the RoboRAVE website.

Be sure to visit the links above to download the rules for each of these challenges. Please pay special attention to sizing restrictions. Robots will be required to meet the check-in requirements before they are allowed to run for points on the competition day. If you have any questions about the rules, contact the event organizers for clarifications.

Elementary teams are welcome to compete in the Middle School division if they'd like to participate in the Line Following Challenge. The division of a team is based on the grade of the oldest member of the team. Teams can be anywhere from 2 to 4 students. Teams may enter more than one event, but are encouraged to enter no more than 2 events. There is a fee per event entered.

Download a printable event flyer.


Teams must register on the RoboRAVE website to participate in RoboRAVE Colorado. Teams will need to create free RoboRAVE IDs to begin this process. Registration will open February 1 and run through March 23. Cost is $30 per team. Payment can be completed online with a credit card by the team coach. If your team needs to pay via purchase order, contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange that process (we'll need your team's RoboRAVE IDs to be included in the email).

View an event schedule here.

Download a map of food and lodging options.

Event Sponsors

Would you like to help make RoboRAVE Colorado happen in 2018? Join us as a sponsor! View our sponsorship flyer.

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More Info

RoboRAVE Colorado is organized by San Luis Valley 4-H in collaboration with RoboRAVE International and Inquiry Facilitators, Inc.


 The event is also made possible by Monte Vista High School, who donates the event space.

Contact Amy Henschen to get on the RoboRAVE Colorado mailing list, or to get more information at 719-852-7381 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What is RoboRAVE?

RoboRAVE is a low-cost, national robotics competition hosted in Albuquerque, New Mexico each year. They also host an international competition that changes locations yearly. The 2018 national contest will be held May 10-12 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The contest hosts more than 1600 school-age competitors from various age divisions. The event is open to all teams who wish to participate and features a number of competitive events including the a-MAZE-ing Challenge, Jousting Challenge and Line Following Challenge. Registration for the 2018 International event closes April 15. Read more about all of the challenges and the event at the RoboRAVE website.