MHS Robotics Competition

Featuring both SumoBot and SweeperBot Categories

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"There are an endless number of things to discover about robotics. A lot of it is just too fantastic for people to believe."

•Daniel H. Wilson•

About & Rules

Basic Idea

In a SumoBot competition, two robots are placed in a four-foot diameter circle. First robot to push the other out of the ring wins.

In a SweeperBot competition, one robot is placed on a raised field and it must push six lightweight boxes out of the field within two minutes without falling off the field.

Time and Place

The competition will be hosted at Methacton High School on Saturday, April 16th.

Time Activity
8AM - 9AM Set up (Methacton only)
9AM - 10AM Registration
10AM - Noon SweeperBot and SumoBot early rounds
Noon - 1PM Lunch
1PM - 3PM SumoBot matches
3PM - 3:30PM Wrapup
3:30PM - 4:30PM Cleanup (Methacton only)


Address: Methacton High School 1005 Kriebel Mill Road Eagleville, PA 19403

Directions starting at the intersection of Germantown Pike and Kriebel Mill Road (there’s a traffic light there).
  • Turn onto Kriebel Mill Road and make the second left. The first left is a short driveway to our school district’s admin building. The second left is a larger driveway leading to student parking and the gym.
  • Continue on the driveway until the high school on your right. Then look for parking on your left.
  • We are in the main gym. The entrance to the gym is toward the back of the building.
If you see a lot of school buses or find yourself driving on the football field, you’ve gone too far and missed the gym.

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Important Details

  • Robots must be autonomous.
  • Robots may be built around any processor (e.g. Vex Cortex, Arduino, Mindstorms, etc.) using any non-toxic, non-explosive materials you happen to have lying around.
  • Robots must weigh 4 pounds or less.
  • Robots must be 9” by 9” or less with no height restrictions.
  • Schools may enter for one or both of the contests. A team may have one robot for SumoBot and a different robot for SweeperBot.
  • The philosophy of this meet is one of friendly, low-key competition and camaraderie. Our intention is to provide an additional venue for high school robotics club that focuses a little more on the programming side and less intense than the FIRST and VEX league competitions (as fun as those can be).


This contest is based on the SumoBot contest that Penn State IEEE has run the past few years in State College ( Robots should not be designed to harm the other robot. A robot should be designed to autonomously detect the other robots and push it out of the ring.

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To the right is the field design. There will be 6 lightweight boxes placed on the field. The thick black lines indicate that there is a 2 inch black border around all edges. There is a 12” by 12” hole on the right side of the field.

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"I just want the future to happen faster. I can't imagine the future without robots."

•Nolan Bushnell•

Additional Updates & Information


  • The number of SweeperBot matches has been changed from 2 to 3.
  • SweeperBot matches will run in the morning. Each robot will run through the field once and then initial rankings will be posted. Each robot will then run a second time and rankings will be updated. Each robot will then go through a third and final time.
  • We are planning on a double elimination format for the SumoBots. Some of the early SumoBot matches will run in the morning concurrently with the SweeperBot matches.
  • We will release the schedule for the day as we get closer to the date and get a firmer handle on the total number of teams.

Schools Attending The Competition
School Name Number of SumoBots Number of SweeperBots
Bishop Shanahan High School 3 3
George School 5 3
Methacton High School 4 2
Pennridge High School 4 0
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School 1 1

*Actual number of robots subject to change as we approach April 16th.

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