The results of the European Rover Challenge 2015, which was held in Poland, have been revealed and University of Saskatchewan Space Design Team (USST) has landed top spot – something that the team initially thought wasn’t going to happen.
Team from McGill University also managed to register its name in the top 3 having scored 367.8 points and secured third place.
ERC, which was held in Podzamcze, Poland saw teams from multiple countries, is the biggest space and robotics openair event in Europe and participant teams are required to complete five separate challenges including draft design, a promotional video, technical specifications, four terrain tasks and project presentation.
The USST finished first by scoring 456.5 points out of the maximum 763 points. The scoring was based on a number of things including Rover design draft, promo video, technical specifications, blind traversal, assistance, science, maintenance and presentation.
At the closing ceremony, the top 3 spots were announced in reverse order and according to USST when they heard that McGill and #Next (of Poland) had secured third and second spot respectively they thought they had no chance of nailing the top spot.
“It was absolutely unbelievable when they announced that USST had taken first place!”, the team wrote in a blog post. “There were a lot of interviews, photos, and general excitement. All of the work over the summer, and all of the work on Friday night had paid off! We also won some pretty exciting prizes, including 1000 USD and a 5000 PLN voucher, along with three Edison embedded computers.”
Beyond the robotics challenge the ERC plays host to Science-Technology Exhibition with the aim of popularizing science and new technology with a target audience of people of all ages. Visitors are able to witness real science festival that packs experiments, workshops and presentations providing audience of all ages juice for their minds. There are competitions as well which the members of the audience can take part in.
ERC started off in 2007 and since then 6 events have been organised in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
“We are so happy with our outcome, and we can’t wait to get some rest. We’re looking forward to continuing work on the rover, and have seen a lot of cool design ideas this weekend,” the USST wrote.