“I'll risk forty dollars that he can outjump any frog in Calaveras county” Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog – 1865  Mark Twain 


The Mark Twain House & Museum’s The RoboFrog Race of Hartford County

June 13, 2020 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

After the success of the Robotic Jumping Frog Competition in 2019, we are going to do it again.  This year the RoboFrogs will be racing, hopping, and jumping their way through the lily pads.  We invite inventors and makers of all ages to design, submit, test and finally compete in the RoboFrog Race of Hartford County. 


We will be offering workshops with Robotics Engineers from Stanley Black & Decker on November 16, 2019 and April 4, 2019.  

  

– The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.

Following the Equator, Pudd’Head Wilson’s New Calendar,1897

 

The Celebrated RoboFrog Race of Hartford County, at the Mark Twain House & Museum 


The updated tourney will take place in the summer of 2020  part of the yearly Tom Sawyer Day celebration. We are inviting robotics teams, clubs, and individual makers to participate. If a participant is under the age of 18, they must have their parents’ approval. In addition to the race or jump events described below, we will be judging the frogs for external artistic design. All frogs must appear frog-like, (some suggestions include long frog-like legs, a wide mouth, a squat body, and frog looking eyes), and we will be awarding prizes to the most frog-like looking robotic frog.  Judging in the Artistic Design division will take place on Friday, June 12.  The judges’ decisions are final. Registration will start on Sunday, September 15, 2019, and will close on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at 5 p.m. All frogs must be completed before drop-off, which will be the night before Tom Sawyer Day and The Celebrated RoboFrog Race of Hartford County.  We are hosting the first virtual workshop with the Robotic Engineering Team from Stanley Black & Decker at 2:00 pm on April 9, 2020.  We are pleased to announce that the Robotic Team from StanleyBlack & Decker will be in attendance as consultants during the RoboFrog Workshops, and will be happy to advise the designers and makers about their RoboFrogs. Register for the Virtual RoboFrog Workshop by emailing grace.belanger@marktwainhouse.org. 

There are three divisions: 

1. Racing Division: This division is for the grades K-3 age grouping, and the grades 4-8 age grouping.  Students must have attended school in 2019-2020.  The RoboFrogs competing in this division will be racing to the “Lily Pad.”The grades K-3 age grouping will have ground frogs – non-jumping frogs -- only, and the frogs must complete a race to the lily pad. The frog with the fastest time to the Lily Pad will win, the frog must be entirely on the lily pad for time to count.   Frogs cannot be more than 6.5” W x 6.5” L x 6.5” H in size. Depending on the number of entries, there may be multiple heats. Participants may build frogs from scratch or use a kit as a base. Teams may not use explosions or flammable liquid to propel the frogs. The frog will only get one chance to run the course. 

Grades 4-8 age grouping can have ground frogs – non-jumping frogs – and for this contest, the frogs must complete the race to the lily pad. The frog with the fastest time to the Lily Pad will win, the frog must be entirely on the lily pad for time to count. Frogs cannot be more than 6.5” W x 6.5” L x 6.5” H in size. Depending on the number of entries, there may be multiple heats. Participants may build frogs from scratch or use a kit as a base. Teams may not use explosions or flammable liquid to propel the frogs.  The frog will only get one chance to run the course.

 Grades 4-8 age grouping can have hopping frogs –and for this contest, the frogs must hop or jump forward to the lily pad, coming to rest entirely on the lily pad to complete the race. The frog with the fastest time to the Lily Pad will win. Frogs cannot be more than 6.5” W x 6.5” L x 6.5” H in size. Depending on the number of entries, there may be multiple heats. Participants may build frogs from scratch or use a kit as a base. Teams may not use explosions or flammable liquid to propel the frogs. The frog will only get one chance to run the course. 

 Grades 9-12 age grouping can have hopping frogs –and for this contest, the frogs must hop or jump forward to the lily pad, coming to rest entirely on the lily pad to complete the race. The frog with the fastest time to the Lily Pad will win. Frogs cannot be more than 6.5” W x 6.5” L x 6.5” H in size. Depending on the number of entries, there may be multiple heats. Participants may build frogs from scratch or use a kit as a base. Teams may not use explosions or flammable liquid to propel the frogs. The frog will only get one chance to run the course.  Ground RoboFrogs will only compete against ground frogs, and Hopping Frogs will only compete against Hopping RoboFrogs.


2. Obstacle Course Division: This division is for grades 4-8 age grouping, grades 9-12 age grouping as well as college & beyond. The RoboFrogs competing in this division will have to complete an obstacle course. The obstacle course is pre-designed, and a diagram and dimensions of the course are attached and will be provided upon request. The RoboFrog must be free moving, programed to hop or jump to each of the lily pads, landing completely on the lily pad before going to the next lily pad. RoboFrogs will be able to complete the course in any order, but the final jump will be on the finish line lily pad, and the RoboFrog must be completely on the finish line lily pad. The  RoboFrog to complete the course in the least amount of time will be the winner. The RoboFrogs competing in this division will have to complete a long jump forward toward the lilypad. 


3. Jumping Division: This division is for grades 9-12 (Students must have attended school in the 2018-2019) age grouping as well as a College & Beyond age grouping.  The winner of this contest will be the frog with the longest vertical jump. We will not measure the height of the jump. All frogs must remain the same dimensions as when they started during the jump. Frogs must be mechanical in nature, though they can start from a backstop. The grades 9-12 age grouping will compete in a Jumping Frog Contest. The frog with the longest jump will be the winner. The longest jump will be measured from the start line to the rear edge of the frog. Frogs cannot be more than 6.5” W x 6.5” L x 6.5” H in size.   Participants may build frogs from scratch or use a kit as a base. Teams may not use explosions or flammable liquid to propel the frogs The College and Beyond age, grouping will also compete in a Jumping Frog Contest. The frog with the longest jump will be the winner. The longest jump will be measured from the start line to the rear edge of the frog. Frogs cannot be more than 6.5” W x 6.5” L x 6.5” H in size.  Frogs can start the jump with a backstop.   

We are encouraging entrants to self-build their frogs, and we would ask that the frogs not cost more than $500.00 to build. This will be on the honor system. Teams may not use explosions or flammable liquid to propel the frogs. 

This event is happening in the Hal Holbrook Hall of the Webster Bank Museum Center at the Mark Twain House & Museum, the dimensions of the Hall are 60’x60’x60,’ and the field of play will fit within those dimensions. 

The Celebrated RoboFrog Race of Hartford County is being made possible by the generous support of the Farmington Bank Community Foundation, and United Technologies Corporation is funding prizes.   


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