We’re organizing a pre-season event specifically to help students on FRC teams in Colorado to build more engineering and design skills. The challenge is to design and build your own custom 1 lb (aka “Antweight”) plastic 3D-printed combat robot, and to compete with it in Colorado Springs on Saturday, 11/23/2019. This challenge will help students develop robot design, mechanical engineering, CAD, game strategy, electronics, digital fabrication and other skills, with real hands-on activity.
The event is named the “Gobble Squabble” because, well, it’s the Saturday right before Thanksgiving… We plan to repeat this as an annual event. It’s limited to high school students on Colorado FRC teams because students need to be at the event in person to compete – but we will share learnings afterwards in case other regions want to leverage this program.
This is a non-profit event so there’s no cost to register or compete – all that is covered by business sponsorship and volunteering – but students must purchase their own parts to build their robot, either directly or through their own local sponsorship activity. Leveraging some parts and tools you may already have in your robotics team or at your school, nearby libraries and makerspaces, a resourceful team can complete one of these robots for less than $200. We’re investigating some alternative parts that may reduce this cost to near $100 with a modest reduction in performance, and will report on that shortly. Students will purchase their own parts; we list many available low-cost sources on the event web pages, but we’re not providing or selling any of the parts (unique part selection is one of the things that can differentiate your robot). We will accept teams of up to 3 students, to allow students to share costs while still benefiting from the in-depth engineering experience.
- To get more info about and register for the event, click here
- To investigate information about design and build of 1 lb Antweight plastic robots, click here
Hopefully many of you will be able to join us for the event!