FIGURE 2. Team Resistance, Bionic Tigers, and TEAMFORCE
are teamed up.
FIGURE 3. The crowd watches the events.
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hanging from the top level.
The craziness of the game aside (and it is
one of the most entertaining robot games
I’ve ever seen), the purpose of the
competition is to educate kids. Speaking to
them is actually very impressive. They know
the ins and outs of their robots completely.
They can name the PSI of their pneumatics;
the feet per second their Andy Marks’
provided motors give their robot; and they
are able to adapt to the challenges of the
game. If these kids are the future, the future
is in good hands.
The event, however, was eclipsed by
tragedy. The night before the competition
started, two competing teams (Bionic Tigers
and Horsepower) from the neighboring
towns of Merritt Island and Cocoa, FL were
sharing a trailer to transport their robots to
the UCF arena. While stopped at a red light,
another driver rear-ended the trailer. One
robot was destroyed in the crash, while the
other was destroyed when a heavy toolbox
fell on it.
Facing an uphill battle, the teams
regrouped. Never losing their optimism, both
teams returned to their shops (both cities are
only a half hour or so from Orlando) to begin
the difficult repair session.
They started with parts that could be
salvaged from their robots, and then
combined those with any spares they could
scrap together. Luckily, the teams had mock-ups and CAD designs, so reconstructing the
frame was relatively easy. (I mean, how easy
is it to complete two months of work in a
number of hours?)
Other teams were eager to pitch in any
spare parts they could. Team Shark Attack,
for example, retreaded the tires.
All the robots are sealed prior to the
competition. That means the teams could
remake the frames and do the welding
required, but could not actually construct
their robots before the day the event started
— giving the teams just six hours to redo six
months of work.
Miraculously, they finished. Both robots
were able to not only function, but compete.
The teams found themselves in the same
alliance — a winning one. Not only did they
FIGURE 4. A referee checks to see if
The Moose's robot is off the ground.