Student Programs

European Rover Challenge

ERC Space and Robotics Event is the competition for a new generation of robots that perform several tasks analogous to those rovers execute on Mars. ERC field tasks are based on guidelines for NASA and ESA missions. They take place on Mars Yard – the world’s biggest artificial field designed specifically to resemble the surface of the Red Planet.

The formula enables young and ambitious engineers and innovators to test their skills and gain invaluable experience of working in an interdisciplinary environment. During the three day finale of the ERC competition, the jury, consisting of space sector professionals, evaluates the autonomous capabilities of the mobile robots as well as the advancement level of the projects, focusing on the use of 3D modeling and design, pioneering algorithms and innovative technical solutions.

Every year, ERC combines international mobile robot competition with the science and technological show zone open to the public. The eight edition of ERC will take place on September 6-8 in Poland, the Royal Capital City of Kraków.

Complimentary Software

MathWorks provides complimentary software for this competition. If your team is participating in this competition and needs software, fill out the software request form.

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MATLAB and Simulink

Robotics Arena

Learn how to use MATLAB and Simulink to design algorithms, create simulations, and speed up development for student competitions in robotics and unmanned systems.

Video Tutorials for Your Team

Interactive Online Tutorials

Learn by doing! Our two-hour online courses provide a hands-on learning environment where you will interact with a web-based version of MATLAB and receive instant and contextual feedback.

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Learn to Code with MATLAB

Learn to Code is an online, interactive one-hour tutorial that teaches the basics of programming using MATLAB for ages 12+.

Simscape Essentials for Automotive Student Teams

Get started with the fundamentals of vehicle development for student competitions, such as Formula Student, using Simscape.

Making Vehicles and Robots See

Get started with practical approaches to design perception algorithms using these free training materials.

Mobile Robotics Training Videos

Learn to design and test autonomous robot algorithms using MATLAB and Simulink with these free training materials.

Code Generation Video Tutorials

Learn how to convert MATLAB functions and Simulink models to C/C++ code.