I spent my Saturday being a referee (not fun when you make bad calls, incidentally) for a very cool robotic competition for students: Capitol Best.
The contest was non-combative (although there was definitely some bumping and locking arms)… it boiled down to moving balloons around a ring… Balloons.. with robots… without popping…
All teams had an identical kit of materials. It’s amazing what these students do with a box of junk. They also had to build a display and write a report of their process. Perfect introduction to engineering: Solve a difficult problem in teams and communicate the design.
There was also an award for most artistic robot. Yea.
That’s me in the stripes.