FIGURE 9. Joel Cooper and Mike Gellatly receive their
Beetleweight awards, 1st and 2nd place, respectively.
against Busted Nuts Robotics’ Deja Voodoo. Steve was a
newcomer to GCRS, but had recently won ComBots.
Steve’s driver, Joel Cooper, is finishing his second
year of graduate school at USF toward a PhD in
Mechanical Engineering with a focus on acoustic forces
and cell/tissue engineering. He explained that Steve was
originally built for USF’s Engineering Expo in 2012 with a
designed based off of the heavyweight robot, Last Rites.
FIGURE 10. Elizabeth McAmis made robot-inspired
birthday cakes of Walla Walla and Voodoo Magic.
At 11,000 RPM, “it demonstrates the way kinetic energy
can be stored and transferred in a way that is exciting to
kids and adults alike.”
Steve had put DeJa Voodoo in the loser’s bracket
earlier in the day in a match that resulted in a significant
gash high on the arena wall. “GCRS was the only
competition where Steve had full armor on his backside.
In previous competitions, we used a mixture of pool
noodles and gorilla tape to keep wires/speed controllers
inside,” explains Joel.
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