The 19th edition of “Concurso Micro-Rato” took place on May 7th, 2014, in the Auditorium of the Library of the University of Aveiro.
The Micro-Rato contest is already part of the history of the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics (DETI), of the University of Aveiro . This competition consists of various events of technical nature where the target audience, students from the 1st to the 3rd cycle of higher education institutions across the country, are challenged to build and/or program robots with a very specific end goal , solve a “maze” . Thus, participants develop skills acquired in curricular areas in addition to some soft skills.
The 19th edition of “Concurso Micro-Rato” had 30 teams enrolled, adding to a total of about 80 youngsters, divided into 3 events: Micro-Rato , Ciber-Rato and PathFinder. This edition lived moments of great energy as the audience watched the groups of future engineers put to the test all the hard work they had done through the last few months.
This year’s competition had a wide variety of snacks available throughout the afternoon, open to all participants and audience, and enjoyed the visit of the Redbull Wings Team which distributed joyfully drinks to the assistance. There was also a stand of the local company, Micro I/O, which took the chance to advertise their products and projects, and collect some of the participants CVs.
Each event, this year, had at least one participation of a team outside of the DETI. From students of Escola Profissional de Aveiro, in Pathfinder competition, to students from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Oporto, in Ciber-Rato , and Instituto Superior Técnico , in Micro-Rato.
The first places the Micro-Rato and Pathfinder were assigned to home teams, while the team of the IEEE Student Branch of the University of Oporto took home the first prize of Ciber-Rato competition, an ASUS VE228H LCD Monitor, sponsored by IEETA – Instituto de Engenharia Electrónica e Telemática de Aveiro.
As regards for the remaining prizes, 3 Raspberry PI, 3 Arduino DUE and 3 Arduino UNO were awarded to the Pathfinder competition, with support from the SPR – Sociedade Portuguesa de Robótica and DETI, and for Micro-Rato the prizes were 3 professional qualifications via e-learning, offered by UNAVE – Associação para a Formação Profissional e Investigação da Universidade de Aveiro, and 3 Raspberry PI, sponsored by the SPR.
The organization would like to emphasize the fantastic work done by the IST team, which was the only team brave enough to participate with a robot built by the same, purposely for the competition.
The executive committee of IEEE Student Branch of the University of Aveiro leaves a thank you to all participants, audience, sponsors, technical support, referee team, jurors and the rest of the organization of Micro-Rato 2014.