“The Museum hosted a battebot team for the past 6 years,” Ginny Weibel, Children’s Museum Director said. “Our team, Infectious Intelligence, is comprised of middle school and high school-aged students. We started the club as a way to get kids involved in the engineering design process. It is a real challenge to design a robot that can withstand the attacks from the other robots and it’s a lot of fun to see these machines in action.”
The competition is open to all ages but is limited to ant weight (one-pound) and beetle weight (three-pound) robots.
Ryan Bohenek is the President of the SWORD Club. Bohenek says the sport of battlebots, “gives students the opportunity to take an idea and follow through with the design, manufacture, and assembly processes until they have a functioning robot. Then at these competitions learning what worked properly and what did not and improving and building upon those skills.”
Admission to the competition is free for spectators and it includes Museum admission.
If you have a battlebot and want to compete, you can register it at www.robotcombatevents.com/
Registration is $20 per robot. All proceeds are being donated to the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum. If you don’t have a battlebot but always dreamed of operating one, there will be a novice ring sponsored by Dyco Inc. and FIngertech Robotics where you can try out operating a scaled-down version of the battle bots.
Food will be available for purchase on-site.
Doors open at 9 a.m., first fights start at 10:30 a.m. Battles will continue throughout the day until 6 p.m. when the final awards ceremony takes place.
For more information about the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, please visit https://the-childrens-museum.