New Zealand’s Mini Robot Rumble, running for its second year, is set to bring robotics to life in smashing fashion for a new generation of Kiwi kids.
The annual Mini Robot Rumble which will be held on July 14th, is an Auckland University Robotics Association initiative, proudly supported by Vodafone.
The Mini Robot Rumble will see small robots, built by students, “battle to the death” by knocking each other out of action, through a number of rounds until one robot is crowned the victor. AURA has successfully completed a number of larger scale versions in Australia, United States and China.
Having a tournament in New Zealand means keen Kiwi students will no longer have to spend thousands travelling overseas to participate.
AURA Treasurer Harry Duncan says that, combined with the price of the robotic kits, means that the competition is open to Kiwi students from all walks of life.
“We thought it was important to think about how we could make this competition open to everyone, including low decile schools. A kit can cost up to thousands of dollars, but Vodafone’s support means we can offer a kit for $250, which is eight times cheaper than current models,” Harry said.
Vodafone’s Technology Director Tony Baird believes supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in New Zealand is vital, which is why it was a simple decision to support the Mini Robot Rumble and ensure registration is free.
“We know how important it is to grow future engineers and technologists, not just for Vodafone, but for the benefit of New Zealand’s economic development.
“It’s fantastic to think that many of the students taking part in this competition will be able to use what they’ve learnt to bring about transformation in this rapidly evolving digital age,” Tony said.