"The best way to learn how to build a robot, is to build a robot"
The annual BunnyBots competition is a hallmark of the robotics off-season for FRC teams in the Pacific Northwest. BunnyBots provides a separate, low-stakes, three month build season in the fall, with an original game each year, making FIRST a year-round activity. Students experience the full brainstorming, design, and build process that goes into creating a robot. From design and fabrication, to wiring, programming, and strategy, BunnyBots is used as a training tool for teams to equip their members with the skills necessary for the Winter competitive build season. For many students, this is their first experience making a FRC-quality robot.
"Box 'Em Up"
BunnyBots 2018, Box ‘Em Up, was played on standard carpeted field with two alliances. 15 plastic crates from FIRST’s 2018 game “Power Up” were present on each half of the field. There were also 120 red racket balls and 120 blue racket balls placed by teams in the middle third of the field. The goal was to “claim” as many crates as possible by having the obvious majority of the balls supported by the crates be of your alliance’s color.
BunnyBots Portland Event Schedule
Location: Catlin Gabel School Gymnasium
Address: 8825 SW Barnes Rd. Portland, OR, 97225
Weather permitting the schedule is as follows:
5:00pm-9:00pm: Optional load-in (recommended for local teams). Driving practice available starting at 8:00pm.
8:00am-9:30am: Load-in continues
8:30am-9:30am: Field open for practice
9:30am: Driver's meeting
10:00am: Competition begins
1:00pm: Competition resumes
3:00pm: Alliance selection (each alliance has FOUR teams, three play at a time, no timeouts)
3:20pm-4:55pm (ish): Semifinals and finals
5:00pm (ish): Awards
5:15-6:15pm: clean up and load out.