Bill Garcia removes
Fluffy after the flames
have been extinguished.
Photo by Andrew Hevia.
ROFL nearly spins itself upright in a match
against Spare Parts in member-on-member
action. Both teams are from Ransom Everglades.
With its arms flailing and making
loud taps on the metal floor, many
described it as an angry robot. The
team eventually got the hang of the
controls so well that they were able
to create a gyro effect with ROFL
and nearly wobble it upright. It even
won a match against Spare Parts,
another Ransom Everglades robot.
Fluffy received Best Engineering for
15 lb. robots, and ROFL received
Then came Fluffy versus TTATT,
both undefeated. TTATT is a low
profile wedge robot from Miami Lakes
Educational Center. Its wedge is on
a hinge, so it can tilt up and down.
As soon as the match began,
both robots charged head on, with
TTATT’s wedge extended outright,
parallel to the floor. Fluffy made
contact and both robots shot in
opposite directions, landing in
different corners of the arena. Fluffy
was turned upside down again.
The robots scurried around the
arena for a bit, and then the flames
started. At first it was a quick flash
of a small fire, but then it grew
bigger and constant, with the
flames almost reaching two feet
high by the time Bill Garcia opened
the arena and the fire was
extinguished by one of the
maintenance workers. Everyone was
cheering. Even Fluffy’s team thought
it was the greatest thing ever. “Bet
you’re all glad you stayed now,”
remarked the announcer. Just as
everyone thought the excitement
was over, Fluffy erupted into flames
again, prompting another spray of
“Fluffy wins with style and Fluffy
loses with style.”
Nola Garcia, the head of
BattleBotsIQ and Starbot, got the
excited students attention. “Talk
about Mayhem in Miami. Who says
math, science, and engineering
aren’t fun?” Everyone cheered.
It was decided, and to no
objection, that the undefeated
TTATT would be awarded first place.
Tied for second was Fluffy, R- 6, and
The 305 Robotics Consortium is
selecting a date for a spring fight
sometime in February.
You can view videos from the
match on Facebook at the 305
Robotics Consortium Page or the
Bots High Page — a documentary is
in production on BattleBotsIQ. SV
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