Please register before: 5th March 2021

For official information:

(using the form at the bottom of this page)

Who is behind the R2T2?

The Rendezvous Mars 2021 missions are organized by EPFL and R2T2 Collaboration association, with R2T2 Collaboration providing technical and pedagogical support.

The Thymio robot was designed by the Robotic Systems Laboratory (LSRO) of the Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) together with the Cantonal Art School of Lausanne (écal).

Way back, the R2T2 workshop was first started and organized by the LSRO and the NCCR Robotics (Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research),  with the help of the SATW (Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences), and project ASSISI bf (Animal and robot Societies Self-organise and Integrate by Social Interaction (bees and fish) – Artificial Life lab at the Institute of Biology, Section Zoology, at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz). 

The Thymio robot allows students to learn up to 6 programming languages (VPL, VPL3, SCRATCH, BLOCKLY, ASEBA, PYTHON). 

What is the R2T2 Mission:

The R2T2 “Space Missions” collaboration uses the Thymio robot with VPL and ASEBA languages.

The workshop event features 16 Thymio robots, controlled remotely by teams around the world, working together to repair one of the main power plants on Mars that was damaged by a meteor strike. Student participants organize into teams, strategize about how to complete their tasks, coordinate with other teams in real-time, program robots locally and over the internet, and learn how to work through complex problems together!

How does it work?

Register by 5 March 2021, providing some basic details about your team(s) and preferred mission dates. EPFL and R2T2 Collaboration are currently planning to offer R2T2 Mars Missions during the following weeks:

May 17 – 21
May 31 – June 4
June 7 – 11

Because each mission brings together 16 Thymio robots controlled by 16 teams of students around the world, there is quite some matching to be done and the organizers aim to propose a mission schedule to participants for confirmation by 12 March 2021.

Once your mission date is confirmed, please watch your inbox for mission briefing and supportive training materials, an invitation to validate any necessary technical setup, as well as the contact details of your mission guide – your first stop for any technical or pedagogical questions.

Please note that the Mars Mission typically runs for 2.5 – 3 hours on mission day. Technical setup validation, which takes place 2-3 weeks beforehand, can vary from 15 – 30 minutes. In addition, depending on students’ level of familiarity with robotics concepts and Thymio programming, spend anywhere between 1-4 hours on the missing training materials in class.

Do note: that registration does not ensure participation. If a sufficient number of teams cannot be found to match with available time slots to run a mission, the organizers reserve the right to discuss alternatives with teachers and finding none suitable, to withdraw their registration.


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