Learning Through Competitions—The FIRA Youth Mission Impossible Competition

Jacky Baltes, Reinhard Gerndt*, Saeed Saeedvand, Soroush Sadeghnejad, Petr Čížek, Jan Faigl

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This paper discusses challenges and opportunities when using competitions in robotics education. The authors describe the Federation of International RoboSports Association (FIRA) competition and, in particular, the FIRA Youth—Mission Impossible, an event targeted at overcoming problems of students consciously or thoughtlessly plagiarizing, by forcing students to solve previously unknown tasks. The paper shows an example of the positive influence robot competitions can have on cutting-edge research, even when targeted at younger roboticists. The FIRA Youth—Mission Impossible 2022 competition, where students had to measure the weight of bottles, and hence the wrench applied on the robot using only proprioception, inspired an initial approach and the creation of a practical test-bed for much more complex wrench estimation on hexapod robots.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRobotics in Education - Proceedings of the RiE 2023 Conference
EditorsRichard Balogh, David Obdržálek, Eftychios Christoforou
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783031384530
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event14th International Conference on Robotics in Education, RiE 2023 - Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: 2023 Apr 192023 Apr 21

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
Volume747 LNNS
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389


Conference14th International Conference on Robotics in Education, RiE 2023


  • Competition design
  • Educational robot
  • FIRA
  • Mission impossible
  • Wrench estimation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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