INTRODUCTION

Robotics Innovation Challenge (RIC) is designed in accordance with the STEAM concepts. With strong support from the organisers and co-organisers, RIC’s mission is to encourage students to design and implement robotic solutions to solve multi- disciplinary problems in a competitive yet inclusive learning environment. Each year, there is a theme specified for the RIC, which exposes students to key topics studied at the forefront of scientific research. In 2021, “Healthcare with Robotics” is selected for the competitions.RIC is an open-platform competition. Participants are encouraged to design their robots strategically to fully unlock the potential of their unique sets of hardware. The competition has also been devised to inspire the participants to plan their winning path carefully.to plan their winningpath carefully.

INNOVATION DESIGN CHALENGE

As part of the Robotics Innovation Challenge (RIC), the Innovation Design Challenge (IDC) is designed to encourage young participants to combine their understanding of day-to-day life with robotics and to fully utilize their imagination to develop robotics ideas in all aspects of their lives. Each year, there is a specific theme assigned to the IDC and participants have about six months to choose a topic, design a solution and build a robot to implement their solution.

The theme of this year’s IDC is “Healthcare with Robotics”. Participants are expected to design a robot that can directly or indirectly provide assistance to various healthcare scenarios. Please note that for IDC, “healthcare” is defined as “the maintenance or improvement of health via the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, or cure of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in people”. Examples of healthcare scenarios include ambulance services, emergency care, inpatient care, surgeries, intensive care, home and community care etc.

PROCESS FLOW

There will be a Preliminary Stage, a Promotion Stage and a Final Stage for this year’s IDC. In the Preliminary Stage, individuals or teams will be required to shoot a video and write an Innovation Proposal to explain their problem statement and solution idea. Teams that stand out in the Preliminary Stage and are selected to participate in the Promotion Stage should build their own robot and create a new video to showcase the design and functionality of their robot. Teams that emerge as winners again will advance to the Final Stage, where teams can continue to refine their project based on the comments received in the Promotion Stage. In the Final Stage, teams will be required to prepare a poster and a slide presentation, which they will use to present and defend their work online. All submissions and presentations should be done in English throughout the challenge.

IMPORTANT DATE

PARTICIPANT

Each team should consist of 1-2 student members.

JUNIOR CATEGORY

All the team members must be 8-12 years old (born between 2009.1.1 and 2013.12.31).

OPEN CATEGORY

 All the team members must be 8-15 years old (born between 2006.1.1 and 2013.12.31) or Sec 4 students (in Singapore).

PRIZE

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15th MAY 2021

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