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interested in science, technology,
engineering, and math can only help
their kids in all aspects of their
Utilizing robotics seems to be the
very best way since these creations
include computer science, mechanics,
math, electrical engineering, and even
chemistry and other related
Dawson Brown is shown in
Figure 7 with his very supportive
parents, Gena and Doug at the 2012
RoboGames. He is holding his Ant and
Beetleweight combat robots.
are a Major Part of
One of the largest amateur robot
exhibitions in the US has been
RoboGames (mentioned previously)
which was held in northern California
over the past 10 years. Figure 8
shows some of the participants from
a past RoboGames.
As with most amateur robot
exhibitions, the combat robot events
are the most popular. If you have
never observed one of these
competitions, you are in for a treat.
Even the very smallest category of
combat robots (weighing less than a
pound) can be extremely lethal to
their opponents, and can easily
remove a finger from a human who is
careless in their operation.
Figure 9 shows the robot, Circle
Strafe that can be carried by one
person, but unfortunately met an
opponent (Terminal Velocity) that
easily ripped a chunk out of its 3/4"
6061-T6 aluminum side plate and
ruined the interior components. The
Figure 8. RoboGames attendees and robots. Photo courtesy of Sam Coniglio.
Figure 7. Dawson Brown with parents,
Gena and Doug.
Figure 6. Large mobile robot at Bellingham Robotics Group meeting.