UK Micromouse and Robotics Society
UKMARS is an organisation focused on encouraging Micromouse and other robotics competitions, in the UK and internationally. Anyone can become a member.
Find more and how to join in About Us
Latest – Minos 2021 was Virtual
MINOS 2021 was once more a virtual event due the Coronavirus situation and regulations in the UK. We had a full afternoon programme of presentations. The event details can be seen here virtual-minos-2021 and a summary of the event’s proceedings can be found here MINOS 2021
Our next opportunity for public competitions is on 2nd October 2021 in Hazlemere.
- Monthly Virtual Robot meeting – First Tuesday of every month
- Autumn Competition (Hazlemere) – 2 October 2021
- MINOS 2022 – 2-3 April 2022
- UK Competition 2022 – To be announced
The Virtual Line Follower Contest details are here:
Results videos are available on Facebook here:
News and events
Following the recent changes to the law on social gatherings we were not be able to go ahead with our events at Hazlemere scheduled for 2020. The venue booking has been postponed until 2nd October 2021.
MINOS 2020 Conference
The 2020 UKMARS Minos conference took place on Saturday 14th November.
Catch up with the talks here: https://ukmars.org/2020/11/minos-2020-conference/
UKMARS AGM 2020
This year’s AGM was held by videoconference on Saturday 10th October replacing the planned competition. Papers for the AGM and the miniyes of the meeting have been circulated to all members.
We are really keen to give new robot builders the chance to run their robots and to show everyone how they are getting on. We are planning to put together the chance for people to post videos onto the UKMARS site of their robots running on tracks and awarding medals to those that can complete a challenge.
It is difficult for builders to gain experience of running on competition size tracks and mazes so we will be trialling a pre-printed line follower track. Duncan has designed this and sourced a supplier, he will be buying one copy and UKMARS will be purchasing a second copy. Initially the UKMARS copy will be shipped to David to use with the KES students that built robots and never got the chance to run them. After this the track will be posted to other members on request, the person that has the track will be responsible for posting it on to the next person. We will prioritise requests for student and school groups.
A simple beginner’s multi purpose robot platform.
UKMARS are creating a basic robot design that can be used in a variety of common contests such as line following, wall following, drag race. The robot is constructed using inexpensive and readily available materials, components and techniques.
2019 Autumn Competition
U.K Micromouse and Robotics Society Autumn Competition was held Saturday October 12th, 2019. at Hazlemere Community Centre.
There were competitions for the drag race, line follower, classic micromouse (maze solver), half Size micromouse and wall following contests with both junior (schools) and senior competitors. Thanks to all who attended and made it a great day.
* See the Results and find out more here
2019 UK Micromouse
The UK main UK competition held in conjunction with BCU (Birmingham City University) on Saturday 1st June 2019.
See the Results and find out more here
2019 Minos Conference
http://www.micromouseonline.com/2019/01/22/minos-2019/The 19th annual MINOS conference was held on 6th and 7th April 2019 at the Quality Hotel in Coventry, U.K.
A great range of topics were covered by our contributors with informal contests for robots held on the Sunday.
Find out more here
2018 Autumn Competition
The Autumn Competition was held on the 13/10/18 at Hazlemere Community Centre HP15 7UB.
A full programme of contests was held including: Maze Solving, Line Following, Wall Following and Drag Racing.
For the first time in the UK half size mice were seen running in a purpose built half size maze.
Links and Resources
Robot Builders Resources
- We have a whole section packed with useful links to online suppliers and resources
Have a look.
Some starter robot projects
- DIM: A simple wall follower with no electronics
- BESS: A prototype motor controller using back EMF
- MAD: Another simple wall following robot