Have you ever wanted to build a fighting robot like the ones on TV? Now's your chance.
Under the guidance of Vector Space's seasoned engineers and makers, ten students will each design and build their own beetleweight (3lb) combat robots, then battle it out in the Hill City Robot Combat event on November 5th.
It will be our biggest competition yet, taking place in the Barksdale Gymnasiam at Virginia Episcopal School.
The depth of engineering and physics that goes into building a combat robot is significant, and since you'll be making your bot from scratch, not a kit, there's a lot to learn.
During this project students will use manual and computer controlled tools as they learn about,
- Aluminum fabrication
- Motors, gears, belts, and pulleys
- Radio control
- Microcontroller programming
This is an eight week project, where students will meet twice a week.
Class begins September 8th and runs through October 30th.
Thursdays: 6:30 - 9:00pm
Sundays: 1:30 - 4pm
Saturday November 5th: Robot Combat competition at Virginia Episcopal School.
This project is for high school age students. Understand that building a robot is not a simple task and it will take serious effort to be successful. Participants may not miss class.
Prior knowledge and experience is the least important criteria. It is students who are self-motivated, resourceful, and capable who will succeed and gain the most from this program.
Registration for this project is $250 until July 31st, after which the price will increase to $280. Registration covers all materials, registration for the Hill City Robot Combat event November 5th at VES, and more than 40 hours of instruction time with our best engineers and makers. Students get to keep their bots.
The price of a commercial, equivalent bot starts at $400. The only way we're able to offer this program at this price point is through the generous support of our community partners and supporters.