Apply and Attend the Robotics Team Recruitment Interview
Complete the Internal Training
Participate the Robot Design Contest
Final Interview and Team Formation
Q1 Can I choose which competition I want to participate in?
After going through training and being accepted into the team, you will be asked to state your preferences on which subteam you would like to join. Bear in mind however this does not 100% guarantee that you will get in to the subteam you want, but nearly everyone does.
Q2 Is the team very demanding in terms of skill level? Will I be kicked out of the team if I perform poorly?
In our team, passion is more highly regarded than pure skill. As long as you are passionate and are willing to put in the time/effort to try, you are welcome here. We were all once confused and inexperienced. Senior members are also here to help!
Q3 Can I join the team if I am not a part of the Engineering School?
We have no restrictions in terms of members' field of study. Anyone with any kind of background is welcome, and we have accepted Business/Science School students in the past. Our tutorials are designed for everyone, even those with zero relevant experience/knowledge, and we will teach you most of the things you need to know. Feel free to sign up if you are interested!
Q4 Is the selection process demanding for those with no experience?
Again, we have tutorials that will teach you most of the things you need to know. We also don't accept members based on skill alone, and if you show that you are willing to put in effort, we will still accept you even if there are others with higher skill levels.
Q5 Will the interview be challenging?
We will provide you with the interview questions beforehand, and you can choose the questions you wish to answer. The questions will not be very technical and are mostly open-ended. Feel free to look up anything online to help you! The interview is not meant to disqualify those with less of a robotics background, so please relax.
Q6 A lot of year 1 students have to go through major selection. Will joining greatly increase my workload and negatively impact my grades?
While you definitely should not underestimate the workload from joining the team, past members didn't really see a significant impact to their grades. A portion of our year 1 members were still able to declare majors with a reputation for having a high GPA requirement. (cough computer science cough) You will also find that a portion of teammates may be taking the same courses as you, and having study partners always helps! If you are still unsure, consider joining the tutorials and/or the Robot Design Contest to get a feel for things. We won't pressure anyone to stay, so if you find that the workload really is too demanding, you can quit at any part of the recruitment process. You can also ask seniors for help regarding courses as they may have taken them before!
We have participated in different competitions.
MATE ROV is a international competition that revolves around remotely-operated vehicles, and aims to raise awareness about ocean health global warming. Participants are required to build ROVs to complete various tasks underwater, and winning teams are allowed to participate in international competitions.
ABU Robocon is a competition targeted at Asian-Oceanic colleges, and countries take turns hosting the competition each year. The game rules are decided by the host country, and differ every year, usually based on a game/sport of some kind from the host country. Teams build two robots, and compete with opposing teams to score more points. Teams that achieve victory in the regional competitions usually get to go overseas to the host country for the international competition.
About Intelligent racing
RoboGames was founded as the ROBOlympics in 2004 as an exercise in cross-pollination and has grown into the world's largest open robot competition to complete in over 50 different events: combat robots, fire-fighters, LEGO bots, hockey bots, walking humanoids, soccer bots, sumo bots, and even androids that do kung-fu. Some robots are autonomous, some are remote controlled.
Why HKUST Robotics Team
At HKUST Robotics Team, members are presented with the opportunity to participate in various robotics competitions, and put their engineering skills and knowledge to the test. New members first go through a rigorous training phase to learn about robotics and the specific technologies we use, making it possible for anyone to join us, even those with little-to-no engineering experience.
After training, members then apply their skills into preparing for one of three competitions, each with their own unique game rules and requirements. It is a good chance for students to apply the theoretical knowledge learnt in training and at school into a real project.
Through training and preparing for the competitions, you also get to meet many like-minded people from various backgrounds. Many of our members form strong friendships here that persist even after the competition.
If you are even slightly interested, don't hesitate to join our information session, and consider joining the tutorial sessions as well to form a deeper understanding of what we do here.