MicroMouse Contest

Monday, February 26, 2024, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: In The Exhibit Hall
Cost: Free To All Attendees

Enter the annual APEC MicroMouse contest or join us as a spectator for this exciting event. Participants design, build, and program robotic mice and compete to see who can navigate their way through the maze in the shortest time. The rules for the contest use a scoring system with a penalty for the time taken to map and run the maze, and a bonus for not touching the mouse. They are similar to those used at the IEEE World Final held in London in 1987 except that the touch penalty has been reduced from 10 seconds to 2 seconds. The time for each contestant has also been reduced from 15 to 7 minutes. Within this time limit, the MicroMouse may make up to five runs. Only one mouse per handler will be allowed this year.

Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded in the following categories based on score:

  • 1st Place ............................ $500
  • 2nd Place ............................ $250
  • 3rd Place ............................ $125

Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to students in the following categories:

  • Best Student (based on score) .......... $500
  • Fastest Run (based on run time)......... $150
APEC 2023 Micromouse Contest
MicroMouse Chair Dave Otten of MIT Explaining The Contest To The Audience

To learn more about the Micromouse Contest, see this video from the folks at Veritasium.

FIRST Robotics Event

Monday, February 26, 2024, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: In The Exhibit Hall
Cost: Free To All Attendees

The FIRST Robotics event at APEC 2023 was a first and was a hit. The event was made possible by the participation and contributions of local FIRST Robotics teams. Thanks to FIRST Robotics and local volunteers FIRST Robotics will be back at APEC 2024. Stop by and see the amazing things these future technical leaders are doing today.

Learn more about FIRST Robotics and their inspiring work here.

FIRST Robotics At APEC 2023
FIRST Robotics Team Preparing A Robot For A Demonstration