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The Minirobot Competition

The Minirobot Competition is an event whose objective is to motivate the ingenuity, creativity, and spirit of competition in students and alumni through an open call for the creation of autonomous electrical mechanical systems with a specific purpose.

The competition came about as a proposal from professors in the Electrical Engineering major and has taken place for three consecutive years. The first took place on the 6th of April, 2006 and has a local feel. The competition includes 4 categories: races of line following robots, Water Polo, Sumo and Arm Manipulators.

The second annual competition was opened to all institutions and the public at large in Oaxaca in order to be promoted as the first state robotics competition. It took place on the 12th of April 2007 and included the four categories from the first competition. Twenty-six teams and 4 different institutions participated: la Universidad del Papaloapan (UNPA), el Instituto Tecnológico de Oaxaca (ITO), el CECYTE de Tlalixtlac and students and alumni from UTM. The best two designs in every category were awarded prizes. The winners were graduates of the Electrical Engineering department of UTM.

The second state robotics competition was held on April 24, 2008. Participation increased to 36 teams and 7 institutions: la UNPA, el ITO, el CECYTE de Tlalixtac, la Universidad del Itsmo (UNITSMO), el Centro de Superior de estudios Tecnológicos de Teposcolula (CESETT), la Universidad Benito Juárez de Oaxaca (UABJO) and UTM students. In this year’s competition, the two most demanded categories from the last competition were opened up: Line Races for Following Robots and Water Polo. Awards were given for the best two designs in every category. Except for the 2nd place finish of CECYTE de Tlalixtac, the remaining prizes were won by graduates of the Electrical Engineering department of UTM.


The development of this competition has involved the active participation of students and professors as competitors, organizers and judges.  These are activities that go further than learning opportunities, but rather have been well accepted by the university community because they create an environment of fair competition the area of technology by promoting the development of initiative and ingenuity in the competitors.

Plans are in the works for the 3rd competition which will have four principle changes:  it will have three categories of competition incorporating the category of Sumo, the first three places in every category will receive awards, students from neighboring states will be invited and a cycle of meetings on Electrical Engineering will be started.  For more information, consult the website:






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