Past Robots 1992 – 1996

1992 – Maize Craze


The Game:

Robots try to move tennis balls into their corner of the field.
To make things more interesting, the entire field
is covered with a layer of corn kernels 1.5″ thick.

New and Interesting:

1 vs. 1 vs. 1 vs. 1 four-way competition. And the corn, too.

The Competitions:


28 teams competed in a high school gym in Manchester, NH. One regional/championship.

 

1993 – Rug Rage


The Game:

Robots move kick balls and water-filled balls into their own goals. In order
to fit in the goal, the kick balls had to be lifted over a bar (see video).
Stealing from opponents’ goals was allowed and even encouraged.

New and Interesting:

Robots were remote controlled for the first time. This meant
the tethers seen in Maize Craze disappeared.

The Competitions:


25 teams competed in another high school gym in Nashua, NH.

 

 

1994 – Tower Power


The Game:

Robots compete to launch soccer balls into a tower with two
buckets: a high bucket worth more points, and a low bucket.

New and Interesting:

An unusual match system allowed for three-way competition in
preliminary rounds and two-way games in the finals. This
persisted for several years.

The Competitions:


43 teams competed in yet another high school gym in Nashua, NH.
Notice the ESPN coverage in the video, though.

1995 – Ramp n’ Roll


The Game:

Robots must pick up large vinyl balls and launch or place them over a 9-foot goal.

New and Interesting:

Pneumatics (air-powered systems) were included in the kit of parts for the first time. 1995 also marked the first national competition – in Disney World.

The Competitions:

Sorry, no video this time. 59 teams participated.

1996 – Hexagon Havoc


The Game:

Robots tried to move small and large balls of their team’s
color to a shared central goal.

New and Interesting:

The weight limit for robots was increased to the present 120 lbs,
allowing for larger and more complex robots. Also, human players
directly interacted with the game pieces for the first time –
a human player was allowed to throw balls from the outside of the field.
The Woodie Flowers award, celebrating a mentor who inspires others in
engineering, was awarded for the first time (to Dr. Woodie Flowers himself).

The Competitions:


94 teams competed in Disney World.

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