Email us at BellAVR@roboticseducation.org for additional information about the Bell AVR Competition.
The Bell AVR Drone comes with a set of open-source instructions, designed to be a similar experience as building an R/C car. We will show you where every component, screw, and wire goes!
The documentation is intended to be comprehensive enough for teams who have no prior experience with drone design / construction to achieve “first flight” within the first few weeks of build season.
The documentation will also include “send us feedback” links on every page - so, if you come across a step that is particularly confusing, or find a different way to approach a problem, you can let us know and we will be updating the documentation throughout the season for all teams to benefit from!
Teams will need the following skills in order to follow the build instructions:
The following programming languages/environments can be used:
An online discussion forum and Q&A system will be available to all registered teams, with Bell competition staff standing by to answer questions!
We will also be updating the open-source code, build instructions, and other support documentation regularly in response to team feedback.
Yes, all teams must pay the full $4000 fee. In addition to the event registration, there are going to be several things changing in the kit from last year, so doing a cost reduction for the few similar items would not be very significant.
This year's kit is being designed to be much more future-proofed, so a discounted "returning team kit/registration fee" is something that we are investigating for the future!
Generally, payment is required in order to ship the registration kit. However, we understand that school purchasing delays can happen, and we will do what we can to accommodate these situations case-by-case. We would still encourage you to go through the registration process on RobotEvents.com, choose "Pay Later”. However, this route includes the following caveats:
The 2022 season timeline:
The minimum number is 7 students, to support the 7-student drive team. If you have fewer than 7 students, your drive team may not be able to complete all of the challenges successfully. There is no maximum, but we would typically recommend no more than 10-15 students for a single team.
This will vary depending on every team’s individual circumstances, but in general, it can be viewed similarly to a typical robotics competition team schedule - 3-5 days each week of after-school meetings during the build/competition season, with some teams meeting on Saturdays or during class time when available.
Every team automatically receives registration for one qualifying event, and has the option to register for one additional event. All events are one full day and held on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
Yes. Please complete the registration process first and receive a generic number, and then contact your REC Foundation Team Engagement Manager to request a number change.
Note: All dimensions above are listed as length-width-height, or X-Y-Z.
To register for an event, you will need to visit the page for the event (example) while logged in, and add your team to the waitlist.
First Event – Teams registering for their first event should be automatically moved from the waitlist to the “registered teams” list.
Second Event – Teams registering for their second event will receive an invoice for the $500 registration fee through RobotEvents before being added to the “registered teams” list.
Contact – The best resource for help with this process is going to be to contact your REC Foundation Team Engagement Manager, who will answer any questions you may have!
Note: Events this season are held over one full day. Most weekends have two events held on back-to-back days so that fields can stay remain set up overnight, but these are not actually 2-day events.
Qualification criteria will be released alongside the rest of the game materials in August!
We recommend a standard netted pop-up tent or a commercially-available drone cage.