Battlebot

Starting in 2002, Western Allied Robotics has given robotics enthusiasts a chance to compete in intense robotic combat by hosting events throughout the Northwest; and with the simplicity and freedom of the concept, it allows those of all backgrounds and levels of experience to compete. This competition not only provides us with an opportunity to gain publicity for the WSU Robotics Club, but more importantly provides an opportunity for students of all skill levels, regardless of major, to come together and gain experience working in a collaborative environment while working through the design process for a project.

We are proposing to design, test, and build a combat robot for entry in the twelve­pound weight class Spring Western Allied Robotics competition in Seattle. By competing in a well­-known competition, we aim to gain publicity for Robotics club inside and outside of the Pullman community, as well as generate interest in the club among students of all majors. Combat robotics also provides an opportunity to build team­working and sound design skills that members can take with them into the professional field while partaking in an engaging, exciting competition.

Objectives

  • Build a team to design and construct three effective combat robots through teamwork, communication, and constructive criticism
    • Wedge bot
    • Saw bot
    • Spin bot
  • Compete in the Western Allied Robots competition and win first place.
  • Give students hands on experience going through the full engineering design process
    • Preliminary designs
    • Designing and testing for structural integrity
    • Constructive criticism of designs and troubleshooting concepts
    • Prototype planning, development, and refining
    • Remote control communication and design factors
    • Final product production
  • Have a good time

Members:

2015 - 2016

Brandon Townsend, BS Electrical Engineering (Team Leader)
Brenden Buse, BS Electrical Engineering
Connor Cole, BS Mechanical Engineering

2014 - 2015

Brandon Townsend, BS Electrical Engineering (Team Leader)
Brenden Buse, BS Electrical Engineering
Connor Cole, BS Mechanical Engineering
Nathanial Pierson, BS Political Science

Battlebot