Robots with saw blades that cut through metal and bots that spin around at warp speed to protect themselves were all seen Sunday at the robot rumble: a competition put on by the competitive robotics club at Sacramento State University to see which robot could destroy all the others.
“If you’re the last bot standing, if you haven’t been deactivated, or if your bot is the only one that hasn’t been tipped over, then you win,” said Nitish Khazane, president of Sac State’s Competitive Robotics Club.
The group – mostly made up of electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering students – uses saw blades, wires, wheels, bike spokes, aluminum sheets and anything else they can find to create their robots.
“A good battle bot is a bot that is something that has either a weapon, or has enough force for the entire bot itself to be a weapon. The idea is to try and disable the other member’s bot in an arena,” Khazane said.
While they build bots for fun, the club also extends themselves to the community to promote STEM education.
“Our club specializes in reaching out to the community to try to educate about robotics, to help our fellow students get involved and get engaged in math and science,” Khazane said.
The bots take anywhere from a day to two months to make – and while they duked it out today, it’s all in good fun.
“It’s a chance for students to work on projects, work on new ideas and creative things without the pressure behind it of grades, or of deadlines, or anything like that. It really creates a free environment where we can just have fun and enjoy the art of the science for itself,” said Daniel Fraga, a mechanical engineering graduate student.
Erin Stafford filed this report.