The Institute of National Colleges of Technology holds a robotics contest among its colleges each year. Teams of students at Colleges of Technology (Kosen) throughout Japan use their technical skills and imagination to build ingenious robots and compete in this event, known as Kosen Robot Contest (Robocon).
The rules and requirements for the contest change significantly from year to year. The students have been given increasingly challenging tasks in recent years, such as making two-legged robots pick up and stack objects in a pile, building robots that move in a cute and appealing way, or making ones that can accurately throw balls into designated goals. Because this is a tournament-style competition, the durability of robots is a major factor as well as the teams’ ability to service the robots. In addition to the robots’ capabilities, the game strategy and communication skills between the operator and other members also play an important part.