25 robots. 48 matches. In just over 4.5 hours. Budget per robot under $20.
None of this should actually be possible, but with my gifted team of minons it is annually accomplished.
(one nuclear engineer, two electrical engineers, one English major and a "mom" who has kept helping long after her son has grown up and moved away.)
A few photos and comments. I can usually offer up tasty video clips in a week or two....
A robot named "Hellicopter" just inside the guidelines that suggest their robot names not be something that makes their grandmother blush. Of course, I had one kid tell me that his granny rode a Harley....
We gave it the Best Design award. As the rules for this are unpublished and arbitrary we sometimes award it for coldly efficient design, or for far out innovative design. Here...just for the pleasing aesthetics!
Not sure why this robot has the plastic butt of a chopped off troll doll as its figurehead. It ended up winning the 3 pound championship match, so must have done some good.
For the final matches I ask the students if they want to go by "Mad Max" rules. This year all four finalists were up for it. No timer, no judges, fresh batteries.
"Two bots enter....One bot leaves"
So, having raised as of old the Black Flag of No Quarter...
The End for the second place finisher in the 3 pound class.
The End for the one pound second place robot.
A good time had by all....no injuries, lots of good competition.
At the end we allowed all robots still operational to pile into the arena at once in something I like to think of as a Performance Art version of Balkan History...