pic: Whiffle Wars match (Innovation & Invention)

The game Whiffle Wars, part of the Innovation & Invention course at Lower Merion, is played 1v1. Bots start on opposite corners of the fields at their opponents goals. Small and large whiffle balls are picked up from the field and can be scored in low or high goals for 1 or 3 points respectively. Platform at the end of the 2-minute match is an extra 15 points. As quickly became apparent, although quality, engineering, and design were central to the game, strategy was the most important aspect of gameplay: even the best robots lost to good strategy.

Shown here are my group’s robot (Team #2, Hugbot) and Team 5. Team 5’s robot was able to herd huge amounts of balls into the low goal at high driving speed.