Before the holiday break, our engineering students held their annual, (in)famous Battle Bots tournament. Students from our Tools for Engineering course, led by instructor Scott Gold, built these instruments of destruction using LEGO Mindstorms. Mindstorms are kits consisting of a large “brain” brick, with gears, wheels, and regular LEGO parts attached to it. Some students even 3D printed custom parts, such as this plow and claw:
Two robots are placed in an arena, the goal to push one out of boundaries in any way possible. This means pushing, smacking, plowing, and mutilating the opponent’s robot. The competition was great fun; even a number of community members and their families came to watch the mayhem.