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The Northeast Robotics Club (NERC) Franklin Institute 2014 event was an action-packed
day of robot combat. Established in
1824, the Franklin Institute is
located in the Historic Museum
district in Philadelphia, PA. Ten
Antweights, eight Beetleweights,
three Hobbyweights, four 30 lb
Sportsman's class bots, three
Featherweights, and four 15 lb high
school class robots competed.
Team Brain Damage's Zac
O'Donnell was victorious in the
Featherweight class with Triggo, the
result of many iterations on a full
body spinner design. Triggo had an
absolutely spectacular fight against
Team Cookin with Gas' Alex Horne
with his robot, Drum Thing Else
which is a vertical drum spinner.
For the specific fight against
Triggo, Drum Thing Else had a thick
piece of UHMW in the front of the
bot that covered the drum with the
intent to absorb the hits from the
shell of Triggo. Triggo managed to
spin up to speed and took the
UHMW clean off Drum Thing Else.
On contact, the UHMW was
removed so cleanly that Alex could
spin up his drum without any issues,
but was left vulnerable to the low
stick zone of Triggo.
Triggo proved to be a
controllable spinner ... Zac lined up a
shot and hit a corner of Drum Thing
Else's frame. At that moment,
multiple pieces of Drum Thing Else
were propelled into the plexiglas on
the audience's side. Drum Thing Else
bravely fought on, them Triggo hit
Drum Thing Else directly on its drum.
The fight was over soon after.
The reactions were priceless, and
one of the reasons why the Franklin
Institute event is so important to
combat robotics became evident. At
visitors to the museum arrived right as
this battle got underway. Exciting
matches like these combined with a
large viewership will attract more
people to the sport. Impressively, Alex
Franklin Institute 2014
● by Hugh Savoldelli
Special thanks to Ed McCarron.
Nate Franklin's Slim Pickins — the
Still 'n Shock 2.
Out of the arena: One bot from
The Collective — a three-robot
multi-bot — courtesy of
A Devastating Moment.
Which one is Magneto?