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RoboPlay Video

RoboPlay Video shall present a unique mobot video. Creativity is encouraged.

Early registration deadline: March 8, 2013
Final registration deadline: March 22, 2013
Video submission deadline: April 30, 2013
Date for Challenge Competition & Awards Ceremony: UCD C-STEM Day, May 4, 2013

Fairmont Prep Academy
Anaheim Download (mp4)

More information can be found in the Call For Participation.

The handout for C-STEM Day is now available to view. It has everything but the challenges which will be included on the printed version. Handout. 


  • Junior Teams with students from middle schools
  • Senior Teams with students from high schools


  • All team members must be students in K-12 schools
  • Each team must use one or more Mobot or Linkbot
  • Each video must be within 2-5 minutes long. Videos that are longer or shorter will be subject to disqualification
  • The video should have a title
  • All elements of the video, except music, must be produced originally by the students
  • Backgrounds, sets, and costumes are recommended and encouraged but not required
  • Submissions are encouraged to be creative. Award categories will be as follows:
    • Best Storytelling . Video that tells the best story involving the Mobots or Linkbots
    • Best Choreography .Best synchronization of robots to music or best dance video
    • Accomplishing an Interesting Task . Best demo of robots completing a task (such as making coffee)
    • Best Use of a Custom Designed Part . Given to the group that completes an interesting task or performs an interesting motion through the use of an original designed and built part. Videos hoping to win this award must submit CAD files, or documentation of how the part was built.
    • Best Overall Video . Awarded to the video that the judges feel like was the overall best submission. This may be awarded independently or in addition to any of the other awards.
  • Additional Rules for the Design Competition
    • To enter a part into the design competition, documentation of the part must be submitted in addition to the video
    • If the part was rapid prototyped/3D printed, the CAD file must be submitted
    • If the part was constructed, blueprints, drawings or sketches must be submitted
    • At least a paragraph summary describing the function and use of the part must be submitted as well
    • Have all part documentation and detail ready when submitting the video
    • Missing any of the above information may result in disqualification for the design award
  • Each team must submit a software copy of their well-documented Ch code for controlling robots with a standard heading that includes:
    1. Name of the school the students are currently enrolled in
    2. Name of each student participant
    3. Name of teacher advisers

    A sample on-line document is shown below:

    /* This program is for the 2013 RoboPlay Competition (Video) http://c-stem.ucdavis.edu
    Video Title: This is a Wonderful Robo Story
    School Name: Wonderful Middle School
    School District: Wonderful Unified School
    Student Names: Cindy Clark, Mary Smith
    Teacher Advisor: John Doe

    Failing to do so may result in disqualification.

  • Upload video submissions to YouTube and submit a link with the Ch code to the C-STEM Video Submission website. The description of your YouTube should be “This video was created by the Computing and Robotics Club at your- school-name in your-school-district-name, California, USA for the 2013 RoboPlay Competitions. http://c-stem.ucdavis.edu/roboplay/”
    Please use youtube to show off RoboPlay Video submissions. Please use this link on how to create a Youtube Account.

Software for Making Your RoboPlay Video

The RoboPlay Videos can be made using many different pieces of software. Windows Movie Maker and Audacity are two simple programs to edit video and audio on windows computers.

Windows Movie Maker
Download Movie Maker
Movie Maker Tutorial

  • Import and edit slide shows and videos – Quickly add photos and footage from your PC or camera into Movie Maker. Then fine tune your movie just the way you want it. You can move things around, speed it up or slow it down—it’s up to you.
  • Edit the soundtrack and add a theme – Enhance your movie with audio and a theme. Movie Maker adds transitions and effects automatically so your movie looks polished and professional.


Audacity Homepage
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:

  • Record live audio.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.


Please use youtube to show off RoboPlay Video submissions. Please use this link on how to create a Youtube Account.

Team Registration

Registration is available for all three C-STEM Competitions: REGISTER HERE.

  • Each team can have as many members from one school as necessary
  • Teams must register before the deadline
  • Each teacher can sponsor up to 5 team videos
  • The registration fee is $10 for each video submission before the early registration deadline, $15 for late registration
  • Make all checks out to “The Regents of the University of California”
  • All checks must be received by the final registration deadline
  • Up to three student representatives will receive the trophy for the club
  • All team members will receive certificates of participation
  • T-Shirts and Lunch Tickets may be purchased separately