Email us at BellAVR@roboticseducation.org for additional information about the Bell AVR Competition.
The Bell AVR Drone comes with a set of open-source instructions, designed to be a similar experience as building an R/C car. We will show you where every component, screw, and wire goes!
The documentation is intended to be comprehensive enough for teams who have no prior experience with drone design / construction to achieve “first flight” within the first few weeks of build season.
The documentation will also include “send us feedback” links on every page - so, if you come across a step that is particularly confusing, or find a different way to approach a problem, you can let us know and we will be updating the documentation throughout the season for all teams to benefit from!
Teams will need the following skills in order to follow the build instructions:
The following programming languages/environments can be used:
Teams should first refer to the Assembly and Build Instructions for detailed information on how to build and program their vehicles. Further technical support regarding the vehicles and Game Manual Questions on the Bell AVR Forum.
New Team registration for this season will be $4,000 per team. This registration fee includes:
Teams that participated in the 2022 Bell AVR season are eligible for the Returning Team registration at $2500 per team. This registration fee includes:
Generally, payment is required in order to ship the registration kit. However, we understand that school purchasing delays can happen, and we will do what we can to accommodate these situations case-by-case. We would still encourage you to go through the registration process on RobotEvents.com, choose "Pay Later”. However, this route includes the following caveats:
The 2023 season timeline:
The minimum number is 7 students, to support the 7-student drive team. If you have fewer than 7 students, your drive team may not be able to complete all of the challenges successfully. There is no maximum, but we would typically recommend no more than 10-15 students for a single team.
Yes. Please complete the registration process first and receive a generic number, and then contact your REC Foundation Team Engagement Manager to request a number change.
Note: All dimensions above are listed as length-width-height, or X-Y-Z.
Qualifying events are held each of the first three weekends in November. The specific dates and locations are tentatively listed below but are subject to change.
Events for the 2023 season will be located in Arlington, Texas and in Grandville, MI.
Note: Events with an asterisk (*) may be added, only if needed.
The season-culminating championship event is on Dec 2, 2023 in Arlington TX
One event is included in the team registration fee, and teams have the option to register for a second event for a $500 event fee.
To register for an event, you will need to visit the page for the event (example) while logged in, and add your team to the waitlist.
First Event – Teams registering for their first event should be automatically moved from the waitlist to the “registered teams” list.
Second Event – Teams registering for their second event will receive an invoice for the $500 registration fee through RobotEvents before being added to the “registered teams” list.
Contact – The best resource for help with this process is going to be to contact your REC Foundation Team Engagement Manager, who will answer any questions you may have!
Note: Events this season are held over one full day. Most weekends have two events held on back-to-back days so that fields can stay remain set up overnight, but these are not actually 2-day events.
Qualification criteria will be released alongside the rest of the game materials in August!
We recommend a standard netted pop-up tent or a commercially-available drone cage.