BEST Robotics Simulink Design Award

MathWorks presents the Simulink Design Award at the BEST Robotics Regional Championships every year to the teams that make the best use of MATLAB and Simulink in the competition to program their robots. The following are the videos from the winning teams of the BEST Robotics Simulink Design Award from previous years.

2016 Winners

 

Texas BEST Regionals

Extraordinary Education Center North Houston BEST

The team used Simulink and VEX Support Package to incrementally program with subsystems; virtually simulate, test, and debug with the gamepad feature;  and they used External Mode to connect to adjust the model parameters.

 

South’s BEST Regionals

Eastwood/Cornerstone Schools War Eagle BEST

The Simulink model is divided into four subsystems and uses Stateflow charts and Simulink blocks to control the robot. It was designed with simulation in mind, using a gamepad simulator as well as value display blocks throughout the model.

 

Frontier Trails BEST Regionals

Athens Bible School Little Rock BEST

Designated Agriculture Robot’s (DAR) Simulink model controls locomotion; corn, lettuce, and tomato harvesting; planting; watering; and pig wrangling.

 

Northern Plains BEST Regionals

DuBois Area High School Penn State DuBois BEST

The Simulink model utilized a tank drive system with custom dead bands and slew rates. It included a precision mode and a control orientation toggle. Programming solutions were employed to prevent damage to components and some common driver errors.


2015 Winners

 

Texas BEST Regionals

Manthano Christian Academy Dallas BEST

The Simulink model of robot used blocks from the VEX Library, Stateflow charts, and a 3D field model (V-Realm Builder) for simulation. The 3D plant model evaluated different base and wheel sizes for the robot design. The model also included MATLAB code translated from existing C code for debugging purposes.

 

South’s BEST Regionals

Brooks High School Northwest Alabama BEST

The team used a completely custom Simulink model to program their robot, REAPER. The model incorporated several advanced features including complex Stateflow logic used to give the program unprecedented adaptability and intuitiveness.

 

Frontier Trails BEST Regionals

Campus High School Kansas BEST

Their Simulink model consisted of simple math blocks along with the joystick and motor blocks to design drive control for the wheels, arm, and the gripper. The model contained simulation inputs and displays to test the program behavior.

 

Northern Plains BEST Regional

DuBois Area High School Penn State DuBois BEST

The Simulink model was written from scratch and consisted of six main sections, one for each functionality. The model used subsystems to group blocks increased readability yet allowed inspection by looking under the mask.


2014 Winners

 

Texas BEST Regionals

Roscoe Collegiate High School Big Country BEST

Their Simulink model featured a 16-speed transmission system, a wrist with dual button controls via a subsystem, a hitch, a winch with dual speeds and variable acceleration, and a safety feature using a transfer function.

 

South’s BEST Regionals

Brooks High School Northwest Alabama BEST

The “Turbineator” Simulink model comprised of four sections controlling the wheels, arm, hand, and wrist. It made use of complex "if" statements to allow variable speeds and precise maneuvering. The simulation feature allowed for testing of the design.

 

Frontier Trails BEST Regionals

F.A.I.T.H. Homeschool River Valley BEST

The Simulink model was designed to match the robot's (SPROKET) general scheme from a top-down view. It has been designed and presented so that any team member will understand and complete initial startup without the aid of the primary programmer.

 

Northern Plains BEST Regionals

Port Clinton High School Falcon BEST

The Simulink model was a simple design with driver and lift controls. The tank robot configuration had a speed control system programmed using a button. The model also used constant and display blocks for simulation purposes.