Thunderdome is a new event to South Florida aiming to give builders a venue to compete
multiple times a year. Spectators can
learn from competitors and come
back with a robot of their own.
Frequent events also encourage
builders to keep improving their
machines and continue innovating.
Thunderdome hopes to grow
the sport of combat robotics in
South Florida, while improving the
skills of its builders. Richard Wong
and Paul Keynerd built the arena and
organized the first event at Starbot
(a local non-profit robotics shop)
which provided an exciting
competition for builders and
Bill and Nola Garcia and Alan
Crockwell have continued to
host subsequent events, with
plans to have events 6+ times
a year. "New builders as well as
pros love Thunderdome since
you get tons of fighting which
means driving practice for the
large events," says builder
The South Florida crowd
has traditionally consisted of
mostly younger builders since
events have been typically
limited to students.
Thunderdome is hoping to
change this by opening each
class to all builders. This allows
mentors and parents to finally
get off the sidelines and build
a robot of their own.
Thunderdome in South Florida
● by Andrea Suarez
40 SERVO 03.2014
View from the judges table as matches get
ready to start.
Thunderdome 1 winners.
Deja Voodoo vs. Dale.
Dale vs. Walla Walla.