Robotics Extravaganza!

NRW-logo-rgbGulf Coast MakerCon has always  been a recognized National Robotics Week event.  A major part of our GCMC has always been our Robotics Extravaganza, wrobotshich includes FIRST Youth robotics and commercial and hobby robotics exhibits, the Southeast Combot Championship and some new exhibits in 2018.

FIRST

FIRST’s K-12 Progression of Programs consists of four programs – FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League , FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition . The programs vary by age and challenge so that learning is always building upon itself. Starting at age 6 and continuing through middle and high-school levels up to age 18, young people can participate at any level. Over $50 million in scholarships available to participating youth at the high school level, as well as internships.  Look for area teams in the FIRST exhibit area!  Learn more about FIRST opportunities statewide at FIRSTFL.org

Southeast Combot Championship

Southeast Combot Robotics

Southeast Combat Robotics

Similar to Ultimate Fighting, Combat Robotics pits Gruffrobotic opponents against one another in a one on one match until one is incapacitated, or if the bout goes the full time, judges decide a winner based on damage, aggression, and control of the fight.

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Southeast Combot Championship competitors at Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015

Combat Robots, or ‘Combots’, range in size from 150g (smaller than a cell phone) all the way up to 220lb. And while some are exquisitely designed pieces of engineering, others are built from scrap metal and parts of old wheelchairs and power-tools. All weight classes use a modified version of the SPARC Ruleset .

What’s NEXT?

Details – eventually.

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