30 high school robots teams competed this spring at the 4th annual FIRST Robotics Smoky Mountain Regional in Knoxville, TN . The teams spend 6 weeks preparing their ‘bots to take on the challenge presented for the event. I was fortunate to visit teh Dobyns Bennett Team one cold winter Friday night just prior to their deadline. The classroom space was humming with losts of activity. Building, testing, recording information, constructing pieces. Everyone was engaged and enjoying the team building.
This year at our Mini Maker Faire we will have 3 local teams bringing their robots back to demonstrate to event attendees. It may turn into a mini rematch!
Additionally the local hackerspace – Mountain Lab is working with the Kingsport Library to build Sumo wrestling robots. 20+ spaces for the workshop filled up overnight when the opportunity was publicized. We will see their handiwork too.