Follow the History of the Teams in Bots High

Bots High takes place over the 2009-2010 school year.¬†Unsurprisingly, the teams had a history before and after the time the film takes place (2011 Epilogue now in the DVD!). So to expand the scope and add some cool context and backstory to the Oct 6 screening day, I’ve been tracing the history of each team in the film each week in the newsletter. So far we’ve heard about how Will from Ransom first built a robot in 6th grade, went up against a senior team, and won. Just now we explored freshman year of My Mechanical Romance’s Liz and Danielle, when they first get introduced to robotics. I’m using Storify to compile this narrative, and updating as I release new stories via newsletter. But the newsletter goes more in depth with longer anecdotal stories. So catch up and check out the history of the teams on the Storify page, and signup for the newsletter to get a weekly update about a team or robot in the film, leading up to October...

Miami Science Museum Competition

This past Sunday was a task competition at the Miami Science Museum. A ring is filled with 10 red and 10 blue balloons, and the task is to design a robot to pop an assigned color, plus a white balloon on the back of your opponent, while preventing yours from being popped. While this isn’t the main focus of the documentary, it was still a lot of fun and lots of the teams that participated have or will be building robots for BattleBots. The top two teams were from Columbus. Actually, they were the same team and decided to split their odds and build two robots. Seems to have paid off. The team in third place has one of the best stories. They’ve only been doing robotics for a few months, beginning from a workshop held over the summer (I feel bad, I forgot what school they’re from). Here’s a video from a camera I stuck in the heart of BatBot, made by Mechanical Misfits: Bot Cam on Bat Bot from Joey Daoud on Vimeo. And here’s a stylized video from a match shot in slow motion: Robot Dance in Slow Motion from Joey Daoud on Vimeo. The robot with the syringes ended up coming in first place, while the other robot came in third. Remember to join the Facebook Fan Page to get more photos, videos, and...