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signed up to enter, so it was decided
to run the event on just the Saturday
rather than the full weekend.
Chuck, his son Jeremy, and other
members of his family — plus some
help from local teams — got the arena
moved to the Bennett warehouse
(Figure 1) and Chuck and Jeremy spent
most of the final week assembling it
and getting everything else ready.
Saturday dawned gray and damp,
but the venue was a hive of activity when
the competitors started arriving. The
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arena (Figure 2) was a full 32 feet wide
with 1/2” Lexan all around. The floor was
1/4” steel and very flat with smooth
seams. Railroad ties were used around
the periphery to keep the bots away from
easy contact with the expensive Lexan.
Two local colleges — Central
Carolina Community College (www.
cccc.edu) and Guildford Technical
Community College (
— had built 80 lb. robots as part of
their engineering programs and
these competed in a separate set of
obstacle, tug of war, sumo, and finally
There were not really enough
fighting bots for a full competition, but
the fights were arranged as a series of
demonstrations of what the smaller
bots can do. Fight announcing and
commentary was very ably handled
by WFMY News Channel 2 anchorman, Kent Bates.
Central Carolina’s bot (Figure 3)
took an early lead in the college
competition when its more compact
design layout made it easier to control
and get around the obstacle course
(Figure 4). Guildford’s machine (Figure
5) was wider and, while it had plenty
of power and speed, it was much
tougher to drive. The ramp proved
especially difficult to negotiate.
It was a similar story in the other
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challenges, with Central always having
just an edge over their opponent.
Guildford had their best chance in the
actual fight where it had extra flails
added and then spun high speed as a
classic thwack bot. They seemed to be
winning until the bot lost one, then the
other flail, and then stopped moving
completely with signal problems. Central
emerged as the clear overall winners.
In the 60 lb. robot, “Crocbot”
(Figure 6) with a beautifully painted
shell and drumbot “Pnuisance” fought
it out with Crocbot winning despite a
lot of problems getting stuck under
the railroad ties.
The Blade Spinners, “Totally
Offensive” ( 30 lb.), “Surgical Strike”
( 12 lb.), and “Pure Dead Brilliant”
( 3 lb.) proved very popular with the
crowd while fighting Armored
Wedges “Xhilarating ImpaX (Figure 7)
“CheepShot 3.0”, and thwack bot
“Longthread” ( 30 lb., 12 lb., and 3 lb.,
“Totally Offensive,” “CheepShot
3.0” and “Pure Dead Brilliant” came
out winners of their classes. “Surgical
Strike” can be seen delivering a big hit
in Figure 8.
A couple of Ants fought it out
in the Ant arena (Figure 9) with
“Unithorn” taking first place.
“Totally Offensive” and “Pure
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