CoDrone Competition: SPY MISSION

Welcome to our very first CoDrone competition. Your mission, should you choose to accept, will be to use your engineering, creativity, and technique to solve spy-themed drone challenges. Good luck, pilot!

WHERE: San Diego Air & Space Museum

WHEN: 10 am – 2 pm, February 3, 2017

WHO: 3 – 12th grade

COST: $20/team



Thursday Nov 30 at 5 pm for Teacher’s Night: 

Come to Robolink’s Sorrento Valley office where we will be revealing some of the challenges for the competition.  We will go over how to set up a team at your school, how to prepare your students, troubleshooting, and some special tips and tricks. You’ll get a glimpse of what the challenges will look like.  Also, FREE refreshments!


Welcome, Pilot

The Robolink CoDrone competition series is designed for students in 3rd to 12th grade. Although all competitions in the foreseeable future will take place in San Diego, students from all locations are invited to compete. Although the theme of each competition is different and challenges will change, all of the competitions are designed to test each competitor’s coding competency, creativity, and problem solving skills. It is Robolink’s hope that this competition sparks students’ interest in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) industry and cultivates the next generation of makers, builders, inventors, and innovators.


1 – 5 students can compete as a team.  Grades and ages can vary.  Make sure to come up with a cool team name! Feel free to get creative, with team cheers, team uniforms, and team theme songs. The crazier, the better!


Registration will take place on EventBrite and costs $20 per team (not per competitor!). All teams must register by Thursday, February 1 at 11:30 PM and will be served on a first come, first serve basis. If a team is not registered, they are not eligible to compete. The event organizer can decide the maximum number of entries at any time.

The Challenges

Morse Code

Basic part of being a spy: cracking a code. You and your team will need to use your CoDrone’s LEDs to send Morse code to each other. You will have a card a pre-determined five letter word to use, and you need to program your drone to fly to your partner, transmit the word, and then fly back to you after they have written your word down. Your partner will then do the same thing. This can only be done with an autonomous program.

Points: 4 points for each correct letter

Hoops Obstacle Course

In this challenge, three PVC hoops of differing heights will be placed in the competition area. These hoops will not be in a straight line! Teams will need to navigate through the hoops using either an autonomous program or remote control.

Points: 10 points for shortest hoop, 20 points for middle hoop, 30 points for tallest hoop

Drone Racing (!)

The extra credit of the competition: fly against a competitor to see who can get to the finish line the fastest! This is an autonomous program challenge.

Points: The winner gets five points

Laser Obstacle Course

No spy mission is complete without the lasers you need to get through! Our lasers will actually be red yarn criss-crossed across either a drone cage or a PVC pipe cube. You will need to use your remote or an autonomous program to get through the lasers to the other side.

Points: 5 points for large gaps, 10 points for medium gaps, 15 points for small gaps

Search & Rescue

Find the treasure before time is up! In this mission, you will be using a magnet attached to your drone to find and retrieve other magnets in the competition area. Autonomous programs might be too advanced for most pilots on this one, so we recommend using your remote control.

Points: 5 points for each magnet, with a maximum of 5 magnets in the competition area

Do you have what it takes to be a CoDrone Master Pilot?