Collegiate Aerial Robotics Demonstration

Collegiate Aerial Robotics Demonstration
Collegiate Aerial Robotics Demonstration
Current season or competition:
All Your Base / Best Trajectory
FIRST CARD logo.png
Sport Robotics-related games
Founded CARD Planning Committee
Inaugural season 2011
No. of teams 10 teams
Country(ies) United States

The Collegiate Aerial Robotics Demonstration (CARD) is a robotics competition for college and university students inspired by FIRST. The inaugural event was held at the 2011 FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.[1]



The possibility of a college-level FIRST competition has been discussed for many years. At the 2010 FIRST Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, a group of college students and faculty were invited to a discussion in which FIRST Founders Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers and Editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine Chris Anderson proposed the idea[2] of a college-level FIRST program. Chris Anderson suggested the inclusion of aerial robots in the college level program and demonstrated a robotic quadrotor (a Parrot AR.Drone) and an RC blimp. As a result of the meeting, a planning committee was formed to design and promote a college-level program. In December 2010, a kickoff video was released giving an overview of the program.[3] Further documents and team updates have established and clarified the demonstration competition and game rules. The possibility of having a full college-level FIRST competition is still being discussed.



There are two games played on fields equivalent to the FRC standard size (54 feet by 27 feet). For both games there were two competing alliances, each with two teams each composed of one air vehicle and one ground vehicle.

The first game, All Your Base, involves a 3 by 3 grid of 4'6" tall rectangular bases. Ground robots capture bases by shooting projectiles (tennis balls) through openings on one or two sides of the base. Aerial robots capture bases by picking up a virtual payload from their starting location and then landing on top of the base. Teams score bonus points by capturing three bases in a row.[4]

The second game is The Best Trajectory. Ground robots score points by shooting projectiles across a large trapezoidal barrier placed at midfield into mobile goals on the other side. Aerial robots can retrieve foam cube "payloads" from the top of the barrier and drop them into the goals to multiply the score of that goal. Drivers will not be able to see past the barrier. Teams may use their aerial robots to relay targeting data from the other side of the barrier.[4] This game was never played at the 2011 demonstration in order to maintain the learning curve for teams playing All Your Base, as the result of a collective team and planning committee decision.

A third game design, named FIRST Flight, was removed from the schedule for the inaugural competition and was replaced with a practice course for the aerial robots.


The demonstration will be continued for the 2012 FIRST season.

Colleges/universities involved


(Numbering reflects assigned team numbers)[5]

  1. Illinois Institute of Technology
  2. Oakland University
  3. Pace University
  4. University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  5. University of Minnesota
  6. Milwaukee School of Engineering
  7. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  8. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  9. University of Washington
  10. Clarkson University

Other Involvement

See also


External links

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