Robotics challenge

HACK@CEWIT, Feb 15-17, 2019


This web site describes the objectives, goals, rules, and resources for the Robotics Challenge of the CEWIT Hackathon to be held from February 15-17, 2019.


The goal of this challenge is to motivate you to think about designing and prototyping programmable, electro-mechanical devices. In doing so, you begin to appreciate the importance of learning STEM fundamentals in a fun and exciting design context while also learning to communicate ideas and working in a team.


Each participating team will design, prototype, and program a robot which will complete a multi-zone challenge of locomotion (both autonomous and remote-controlled) and manipulation.

The robot will have to function in both the autonomous or remote controlled mode using Bluetooth and should be designed to move and complete a task using the provided robot kit called SnappyXO and a mechatronics kit containing sensors, actuators, and an Arduino Mega microcontroller. You can borrow additional parts from our library as well, if required.

See details of the challenge at this page.

Competition Day and Venue

Sunday, February 17, 2019, 9:30 am (all teams and robots should be in room 237 by 9 am on Sunday to be considered for the competition.)

CEWIT at Stony Brook University, NY


See some example robots designed and prototyped using SnappyXO kit.

Rules and Design Constraints

  1. SnappyXO kit contains structural parts, such as beams, plates, connectors, gears, wheels, etc., and Mechatronics kit contains various electronics. You can use any or all of the parts in these two kits. We will have some spare parts on hand as well, which we can loan to you.
  2. The robot has to be demonstrated in both the autonomous or remote controlled mode. We will provide a bluetooth app for interfacing with the sensors and actuators connected to an Arduino. But, you can use other methods as well.
  3. The motion produced has to be a safe one. It should not harm any bystanders or anything in its vicinity.
  4. The robot has to have on-board batteries that will be used to power the machine. You cannot connect it to an AC power outlet and neither can it be tethered to a computer.
  5. The structure of the machine has to be designed and put together by you using the SnappyXO kit provided to you.
  6. Any other aspect of this competition not covered under above rules will be at the organizers' and judges' discretion.

SnappyXO is a design-driven, novel, low-cost, intuitive, and modular patent pending robotics kit ( consisting of a hardware and software for designing mechanisms for robot motions. This robot kit was invented by Stony Brook Mechanical Engineering professor Dr. Anurag Purwar.

This Robotics Challenge is being organized by CEWIT Robotics Team led by Prof. Anurag Purwar, CEWIT, and Stony Brook University Mechanical Engineering.

All copyrights reserved. Dr. Anurag Purwar