The North Star section’s premier outreach activity is the Snow Plow competition that will be held at the St. Paul Winter Carnival between Jan 26 and Jan 30.
The purpose of this competition is to challenge university and college students, as well as the general public, to design, build, and operate a fully autonomous snowplow to remove snow from a designated path. The objectives of this competition include encouraging students and individuals to utilize the state of the art in navigation and control technologies to rapidly, accurately, and safely clear a path of snow. Click here to view the web site for the competition.
The 2011 competitors are the Univ. of MN, Univ. of MI (Dearborn), Dunwoody College of Technology, Ohio University, Wright State (Ohio) and Miami University (Ohio).
The competition will be conducted at the Science Museum and near Rice park. On Jan 27th, at the Science Museum, each competitor will give their formal presentations bewteen 5:45 and 9:30 PM. On Jan 28th between 12 and 6 PM, the final qualification review will be conducted. The actual snow plowing by the vehicles will be performed on Jan 29th between 8:45 AM and 1:30 PM and on Jan 30th between 9:45 AM and 2:15 PM.
The competitors will also participate in the Grand Day at 2:45 on Jan 30th. Click here to view a detailed schedule of the snow plow activities at the Winter Carnival.