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Contest Dates

Dates and Locations: December 7, 2013 – January 25, 2014.

Click here to see contest dates by area.


Dates: November 1, 2013 – November 15, 2013
Registration fee: $40 per team


  • Teams are led by at least ONE team sponsor and are composed of at most FOUR students (per team). Students are not allowed to be part of multiple teams at any level.
  • The team sponsor must be a TCEA member. Click here to renew.
  • All teams are required to have a team name and it must meet common school standards.
  • Only registered students are allowed to touch the robot and computer that is used to program it – the only exception is when technical problems with the computer occur. Live student problem solving is the spirit of this competition!
  • Only registered students will be allowed in the team work area/competition arena area.
  • Teams must designate one student member to be the TEAM CAPTAIN. The team captain is the only person from a team that can review and/or initial score sheets or dispute field setup with the referees.
  • Students in grade levels 4th – 8th may compete in either Intermediate or Advanced level competition.
  • Students in grade levels 9th – 12th may ONLY compete in Advanced level competition.
  • Teams must compete in their designated area unless there are not enough teams in their area to hold a contest. You may contact your area director with questions.
  • For the area contests, each school may enter no more than four teams, per category, without permission from the area director. If space is available, the area director may allow schools to register more than 4 teams. (Each school can have 4 teams in Advanced Arena, 4 teams in Advanced Inventions, 4 teams in Intermediate Arena, and 4 teams in Intermediate Inventions. This makes a total of 16 teams from one school.)
  • A maximum of two Arena and/or Inventions teams from each school in each grade level division may advance to the state competition.
  • Wildcard teams will be selected for all remaining available space at the state competition. Wildcard teams are selected by comparing all area results to determine the top scorers who did not place 1st or 2nd at the area contests. These teams will receive an invitation (depending on the number of spaces available).
  • Schools qualify for the state competition, not individual team members. The individuals that actually make up a team at the state competition are the decision of the team sponsor and the school’s principal.
  • NO late or onsite registrations will be allowed at the area or state contests.
  • Every effort to provide wireless will be made. In the event wireless cannot be guaranteed, please plan accordingly.
  • Laser pointers are not allowed at contest.
  • During the competition, students may not communicate with anyone except other registered students and competition staff; this prohibits all forms of communications, including but not limited to live and electronic communication (talking, texting, videos, etc...). If the need arises to communicate with anyone else (sponsors, parents, etc...) the students should request competition staff to coordinate.
  • Students in violation of any rule or caught using communications devices may be disqualified and asked to leave the competition.


Participation Certificate

Click here to access a printable certificate for your students.

Consent Form

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The invention contest is an open-ended contest. Teams of two to four students will create and develop a robotic invention to demonstrate a solution for a problem of their choice. Invention Contest teams will showcase their research, robot performance, robot design, marketing, and presentation skills for judges at the TCEA area contests. Students will approach their problem as a real team of engineers working together to solve their problem using the Engineering Design Process.



The arena contest is a prescribed problem contest. Teams of two to four students receive a set of challenge rules and specifications designed around a theme that varies from year to year. The year's challenge theme is "Rubble Trouble". The overall concept uses robots in an Urban Search and Rescue environment.

Game Manual - Final Draft

Admin Manual - First Draft (submit feedback to the message board)
Field Border Construction Manual - First Draft (submit feedback to the message board)
Video Instructions - YouTube
Video Instructions - Vimeo
Referee Instructions - YouTube
Referee Instructions - Vimeo
Scoring Sheet
Game Pieces

Upcoming Robotics Professional Development




Questions regarding robotics:
Katie Treat
512 450 5404

Mailing Address
PO Box 141759
Austin, TX 78714

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