Established in 2013, Ryerson Rams Robotics – better known as R3 – is a robotics collective for Ryerson University. It is currently comprised of three robotics sub-teams, each designing a different competition. These competitions have requirements that range from relatively simple to extremely complex, and are outlined below. This unique approach allows students to move through the simpler competitions to the more complex ones, creating both high-performance teams and an easy learning environment.
The VEX Robotics Competition is the world's largest robotics competition as titled by the Guinness Book of World Records. With a new set of rules and a new game released every year, VRC provides an exciting platform for students to apply mechanical, programming, and electrical skills in a fast paced competitive environment.
The University Rover Challenge tasks University teams to build a rover capable of traversing a mock Martian environment hosted in the Utah desert. URC provides students with complex problems to solve which involves the knowledge and application of mechanical concepts such as the usage of CAD tools and machining. The controls side also requires board and systems design, knowledge of OOP and computer vision.
RoboSub is a worldwide competition in which many teams build an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. These teams then compete against each other at the SSC Pacific TRANSDEC testing facility in San Diego, CA. This is the most complex challenge R3 is currently participating in, as it involves operating a robot completely autonomously in conditions that are mechanically and electrically hostile.
Airbus Group hosted a robotics challenge at the 2016 ICRA (International Conference on Robotics and Automation) called the Shopfloor Challenge, which invited robotics teams from around the world at all levels to develop a unique and modular solution to a real life manufacturing obstacle that would compete live at the conference on May 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.
RamsBot is a basketball shooting robot that is capable of scoring baskets from almost anywhere on the offensive end of the court, specializing in shots from the free throw and three point lines, as well all the way back to half court. It was created in partnership with the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science Dean’s Office to showcase Ryerson, and engineering as a whole to the general public. So far it has been on national television, at professional basketball games, as well as STEM events all over the city.