This year’s theme for IDC ROBOCON is APOLLO 11!


We started the day with a briefing to introduce us to the competition and to meet the other contestants from the 10 countries.

I met some Egyptian ladies during the briefing and they were very bubbly.

As a team, we were tasked to build robots to do some complex tasks on the moon.

The 6 complex tasks are:

1. Flag: Place your Lunar Flag Module in one of four designated rock locations.

2. Sample Collection: Collect moon rocks and place them in collection bins or Lunar Module (LM) Starting Box.

3. Unobtanium Collection: Collect the single sample of Unobtanium and place it in the collection bins, or Lunar Module (LM) Starting Box

4. APS Charging: Spin the charging station to pressurize the Ascent Module aerozine-50 fuel tank.

5. Descent Fuel Tank Dump: Remove the extra fuel modules from the LM and Descent Stage to save weight

6. Communications Repair (multiplier): Raise the damaged antenna to re-establish communication with the Command Module Columbia, and to initiate the launch for orbital rendezvous.


The arena is made up of two identical left and right side. During the competition, each team will take a side.

During the competition, the team will have two minutes to complete as many tasks to score as many points.


We had to build two robots and below are materials given to us.


Meet my team. We are a team of students from Egypt, Brazil, Singapore and Japan.

The picture below depicts one of our meeting session. We were brainstorming ideas as to how we would design our robots and the mechanisms we would use to complete the tasks.


I am blessed to be able to meet so many unique individuals. Each member was so talented and passionate in their field of studies.

For our robots, we would be using SolidWorks to design and Arduino to code.


After class, I walked around the MIT Campus. The buildings are truly magnificent!


The faculties in the School of Engineering are:

  • Biological Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
  • Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • Computer Software Engineering



School of Architecture provides the following Degrees, Master and PhD

  • Bachelor of Art and Design (BSAD)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Master of Architecture (MArch)
  • Master of Science in Architecture Studies (SMArchS) with a specialization in the school’s five main research areas
  • Master of Science in Building Technology (SMBT)
  • Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology (SMACT)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture






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