FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. May we enter more than one team from our school?
  2. How many students may participate on a team?
  3. How big is the city?
  4. How many controllers (brick) may the robot have? For example may we link together 2 controllers?
  5. Are there any height restrictions on the robot?
  6. Our school includes both middle school and high school grade levels. Can the middle school students join our team?
  7. Can home-schooled students participate?
  8. What operating system may teams use on the Mindstorms brick?
  1. May we enter more than one team from our school?
    Yes, you may enter up to two teams per school. In the past, we required your school to supply the additional hardware to support the second team. This year, as funding permits, we are providing a second kit if the school has two teams. Two teams are encouraged to allow more students the opportunity to participate. Each team must use separate hardware and software. MUC provides a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Education kit to your school the first year you participate in the competition. This kit should be reused for participation in subsequent years of the competition.
  2. How many students may participate on a team?
    Teams may consist of 3 to 10 students.
  3. How big is the city?
    The city is approximately 10′ x 42′.
  4. How many controllers (bricks) may the robot have? For example may we link together 2 controllers?
    Only 1 controller (brick) per robot may be used
  5. Are there any height restrictions on the robot?
    No, there are no height restrictions.
  6. Our school includes both middle school and high school grade levels. Can the middle school students join our team?
    Teams may only consist of high school students, defined as those enrolled in grades 9-12 as of the date the team’s application is submitted. Middle school students are welcome to attend the competition as spectators.
  7. Can home-schooled students participate?
    The Mini-Urban Challenge is funded by a grant that has been awarded to support efforts in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in accredited high schools. In order to participate in the Mini-Urban Challenge, home-schooled students will need to team up with a local high school to create a team. The majority of public schools have provisions that allow for home schooled students to participate in local school events.
  8. What operating system may teams use on the Mindstorms brick?
    Teams may use any operating system that they wish. Information about available operating systems can be found here.