Almost 80 participants came out on Saturday, April 13, 2019, to participate in NEAAAT’s Robox Sumo Event. The event was a Title I Community Event focusing on engaging families in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The Robox Sumo program is something unique that Pitt Pirates FRC Team #2642 developed in June of 2013. Robox Sumo is a way to introduce STEM concepts to students across a wide range of ages and skill ranges. The program was held in a number of venues since its inception and followed the same structure each time. In a 3 to 4 hour session, Robox participants receive instructions, build their robots and compete “sumo style”. Robox Sumo rules are simple
- Students have 60 minutes to build a Robox.
- Robox must fit in a 12″ x 12″ square.
- Students have 60 seconds to push a competitor out of the ring, controlling your Robox with a remote controller.
- The Robox that pushes the other out of the ring, wins.
- If your computer “brain” falls out, you lose!
NEAAAT’s FRC team, Team #7715 the Robo-Banditos, co-hosted the event. The Pitt Pirates are mentors to NEAAAT’s rookie FRC team.
The winning team included NEAAAT students Sam Moncla, Maxwell Moncla, and Adrian Sauermann.