a ride to the pit.
FIGURE 15. Buzz (right) gyro dancing for
Junkyard Dog (left).
FIGURE 16. Buzz (left) nose-to-nose with Mateo (right).
FIGURE 17. Maze solving
bot Hacked BoeBot.
FIGURE 19. Aaron
Derk watching his
launching his bot
FIGURE 21. Robert Young watching his
LEGO NXT bot Robert.
FIGURE 22. Play 'n Crazy rips the wheel
either end of the maze. My bot
Hacked BoeBot (Figure 17) —
designed around a PICAXE
processor on a BoeBot chassis with
Pololu sensors — won in a close
competition. I also took second
place with Rokenbot (Figure 18)
using another PICAXE processor on
a Rokenbok chassis with Pololu
sensors. Competitor Aaron Derk
watched his BotBrain creation
AUTGO navigate the course to a
third place finish (Figure 19). Teen
competitor Justin Pennypacker
launched his bot Sonic BOE-Bot to a
fourth place finish (Figure 20).
Robert Young watched his LEGO
NXT bot Robert use the right-hand
rule to follow the wall (Figure 21).
The Beetleweight competition is
best described as a destructive,
crowd-pleasing lesson in blunt-force
trauma. Brandon Young and his bot
Play ‘n Crazy started the action by
ripping the wheel off Heath Hill’s
bot Prototype (Figure 22). Young
chose to run his beater spinning
downwards as opposed to the usual
upwards, resulting in his bot
repeatedly launching itself after
making contact with an opponent.
In second round action, Topsy
Turvey (Figure 23) sent Play ‘n Crazy
to the loser’s bracket, Hunter Trout’s
bot Hammerhead won a pushing
contest against Josh Lafferty’s bot
Spikes, and Richard Kelley’s bot The
Box gave Tim Thompson’s bot SID a
ride to the pit (Figure 24).
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