EVENT REP RT:
Mayhem in Miami
At Mayhem in Miami, it wasn’t without a bang that Fluffy
earned the name Flamin’ Fluffy, and
made the South Florida robotics
event be true to its name.
● by Joey Daoud
from sharpened metal, paper clips,
and razor blades, to syringes and
In the end, Columbus took all
three places. Forklift, which came in
first, had a row of syringes that
could be raised or lowered based on
the balloon height. Since their first
place win at the Miami Science
Museum competition, they added a
side arm with a syringe that allowed
them to continue to pop balloons,
even when their opponent was
engaging them from the front.
Forklift also won Coolest Design for
In second place was Schwinger
— a robot built completely by
freshmen — beating out the senior
robot R-1 which came in third.
However, R-1 did receive the Best
Engineering award for task robot.
For the 15 lb. BattleBots
competition, there was a strong
showing from Ransom Everglades
and Miami Lakes Educational
Center, with additional robots from
Carrollton and Columbus.
Some notable fights were
Fluffy (Ransom Everglades) — a
rectangular robot with angled sides
and a six inch drum with two teeth
opposite each other — against
Robokill (Carrollton) — a low profile
invertible bot with angled ends,
similar to a rubber eraser.
Miami Lakes vs.
Ransom shows why
sparks are such a
Fluffy shows what happens when
magic smoke turns into magic fire.
28 SERVO 02.2010