RoboRAVE Colorado

We are hosting the second annual Colorado RoboRAVE competition on Saturday, April 1, 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 events of varying difficulty levels. Youth can use any robotics platform valued under $1500. The 2017 contest will feature the following events:

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

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

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.

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.

Alpine Bot Challenge (All Ages)

Climb an incline up a "mountain" and plant your flag on top. Try to complete the task in the fastest time, and deliver your flag to a marked location for maximum points.

Have questions about how to prepare for each challenge? View our Teaching Challenge-Based Robotics video series to help your team gear up!

Visit the links above to download the rules for each of these contests. Please pay special attention to sizing restrictions. 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. Prize money will be offered for 1st place for events with more than 4 teams entered.

Download an event flyer.

Registration closed on March 17. Late registration may be available. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see if your team can be accomodated (please provide information on number of youth, grade division and what events they'd like to enter when you email). Teams MUST register in advance to participate. Cost is $5 per youth participant. Pay in advance or at the door (contact us for information about advance or group payment, or to get an invoice). Please note: new this year participants need to have a RoboRAVE Member ID number. These can be acquired by creating an account on RoboRAVE's website. Coaches with large teams can contact RoboRAVE for alternate methods of getting numbers for their team members.

2017 Event Sponsors

Thanks to the following organizations for helping make this event possible:

Challenge Sponsors:

Trinidad State Junior College Educational Foundationslv4hfoundationlogo




Support Sponsors: Poole Chemical, Holiday RV South Fork, Kristi Mountain Sports, Kiwanis Club of Monte Vista, Monte Vista Rotary

In-Kind Sponsors: Big Valley HobbyTown, Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

More Info

RoboRAVE Colorado is organized by San Luis Valley 4-H in collaboration with RoboRAVE International.

Visting Monte Vista for the first time? Welcome to our wonderful town! Check out this flyer and map to help you with planning your arrival, meals and lodging.

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 2017 national contest will be held May 5-6 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. Read more about all of the challenges and the event at the RoboRAVE website.