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what is dYrc?

The Digital Yard Robotics Competition (DYRC) is a robotics program in which high school student teams design and build robots which compete against each other in sports-based activities. The inaugural Digital Yard Robotics Tournament will be held in 2013 in Kingston, Jamaica.

The objective of the Digital Yard Robotics Challenge is to create an exciting and competitive environment for students to develop technical and life skills while learning about opportunities and careers in the area of science and technology.


Students will have
an opportunity to: 

Design, build, and program robots

Learn about careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, architecture and mathematics

Develop team-building, leadership and presentation skills

Participate in a network of peers and mentors

how to compete

To compete in the Digital Yard Robotics Competition (DYRC), each school/club will create a team that will comprise of up to 10 members, ages 13-19 years old, and least one coach/mentor who must be at least 21 years old. Participating teams will build a robot that will be required to perform specific tasks based on a “game” that will be determined by the DYRC Organizing Committee.

The robot that the teams will be required to design, construct and program will be built using a standardized robotics kit based on the LEGO Mindstorms NXT platform.

At the DYRC tournament in 2013 teams will compete with their robots against each other in head to head matches. Teams will progress from the preliminary rounds to the finals by a process of elimination until an overall champion team is determined. Additional student teams will compete in the Computer Aided Design (CAD) competition.

The Digital Yard Championship Trophy and Sponsors trophies will be presented at the end of the tournament to the winning team(s). Other awards will also be presented for specific areas of excellence.

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