By exposing students to an inquiry-based, learn-by-doing activity that appeals to their hearts as well as their minds, Botball® addresses our nation’s need for a well-prepared, creative, yet disciplined workforce with leadership and teamwork experience.
In January, February, and March, the Botball® Educator Workshops provide team leaders and mentors with technology training and introduce the details of that year’s game. Then, after a build period of about 7 weeks, students bring their robots to their regional tournament to compete against other students in the current season’s game challenge.
Students use science, engineering, technology, math, and writing skills to design, build, program, and document robots in a hands-on project that reinforces their learning.
The Botball Educational Robotics Program is coordinated each year by the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (KISS stands for the engineering acronym: Keep It Simple Stupid). Their vision is to use robotics to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math. Unlike other robotics competitions, Botball is completely autonomous; they are not remote-controlled. The robots contain several sensors as well as two cameras for their computer vision systems. Robots must use their sensors to recognize challenges and complete the competition objectives. The programmed robots must complete a series of tasks in two minutes. Competitors must also complete online documentation of their progress and their goals to score points.