Picnic Day 2000 MicroMouse Competition at UC DAVIS


Mark your calendars!! UC Davis will be hosting the SIXTH Annual Picnic Day MicroMouse Competition this year on Saturday, April 15, 2000!! This is an open contest to anyone who wishes to come. You don't have to be an IEEE member to participate.

The more people we get, the merrier!

We would like very much to get in touch with any other schools doing MicroMouse. If you have contact with any such school (email preferred), please contact If you'd like to attend, please register your team. Registration is FREE!

We will continue to adhere to the IEEE region 6 rules. These are very similar to the national rules, except that the maze is only 12'x12'. The finish point, however, is in the same place as it would be on the standard IEEE-approved 16'x16' maze.

NOTE: This not an official IEEE contest!

For those of us in Region 6, this will serve as a "scrimmage" pending the official Region 6 contest which is going to take place on May 2000. It will also give us a great chance to race against mice from outside our normal area, against whom we would not normally compete. If you are not in Region 6, you are still more than welcomed here! Please do come!!

The official rules may be retrieved by anonymous ftp from our ftp server at, in the directory /pub/umouse/admin/rules.txt.

Picnic Day is an annual, campus wide, open house event here at UC Davis. All the student organizations and the various departments all put on shows and demonstrations. With a 40,000+ visitors on a typical Picnic Day, it is the largest student run open house in the country. Given that, we can expect a crowd of many hundreds (or thousands) for our contest. Last year we packed lecture hall 2205 Haring to standing room only.

The Picnic Day competition is an excellent opportunity to showcase the campus to the community and prospective students. It also gives us a good chance to show that engineering students do more than just attend lectures and take midterms. It will show that we are capable of taking our knowledge and applying it to a design situation. This ought to reflect well not only on ourselves, but also on the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, and the IEEE. Hey, if you are looking for people to hire, look no further! You have found what you need here!

Now, here is some information you are going to need to get there -

WHERE University of California at Davis, room 2205 Haring Hall.
WHEN Saturday April 15, 2000.
TIMES Setup will begin at 5:00 pm on Friday April 14, 2000 - if you would like some time to practice, please contact the ieee officers to ask about this. The actual competition will start at about 10:00 am on Saturday 05 / 14 / 00.
NOTE: All the lastest news concerning the contest will be included in our news page