Rc Robotic Competitions
A somewhat unique hobby or sport is robot combat. When engaged in robot combat, two designed robots fight each other with different ways of trying to destroy or at least make the other one quit working properly. The robots are remote controlled.
You may recall a few television shows that featured robot combat. Three of the most popular were the TV shows Robotica, Robot Wars and Battlebots. Although these television shows are no longer aired, rc robotic combats are still held.
A person of any age range may enjoy rc robotic competitions. Building your own rc robot takes creativity, time and the thought process of an engineer.
One may enjoy a true rc robotic tournament where there are even rules and regulations. The Robot Fighting League (also known as the RFL) judges and makes sure competitors follow the rules of the game. Some people still choose to robot fight without the Robot Fighting League and hold their own tournaments. There are other rc robotic competitions one may enjoy if he or she is not into the destroying or being destroyed type of tournament. One may compete in the Best Robotics competition or the FIRST competition. There is even a competition that will allow you to fight as well as other types of events.
In the United States The Best Robotics competition is held for six weeks. This competition is for middle school students and high school students. Most of these students are interested in becoming an engineer in the future.
The robot created must weigh under twenty four pounds and fit into a two foot cube. Once the robot passes these requirements, it may enlarge. The Best Robotics competition is in teams. A list of parts needed to build the robot is given. The team needs to figure out which parts are not listed and make the robot work themselves. There is also a rule guide on illegal parts that are closely looked over before competition.
The FIRST competition stands for- For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST represents teamwork and collaboration among engineers. FIRST wants each team to remain friendly towards each other and even help each other when needed.
There are different types of robots you can choose to make. You can choose to spend a lot of money on your robot. The main cost of the robot is the weight. The more items of weight you buy, the more costly your robot will become. This is one of the reasons people try to get as much power into a robot without much weight. The good news is if you want to make a robot that can walk versus a robot on wheels, this type of robot is allowed to have more weight on it. There is good news and bad news for the builder with this method. The good news is that the rc robotic builder may add more weapons that are tougher. The bad news is that this robot is much more complex as well as being more fragile.