The Global Conference on Educational Robotics hosts the International Botball Tournament where Botball teams from around the world vie for the International Championship. Any team that competes in a regional tournament regardless of how they finish is encouraged to participate in the International Botball Tournament.
About the International Botball Tournament
The International Botball Tournament includes online documentation, onsite presentations, seeding rounds, double elimination rounds and alliance matches. Scores from the online documentation, onsite presentations, seeding rounds and double elimination rounds factor into a team's overall score for the tournament. Alliance matches are scored, but the results are not factored into the overall team score. Awards are given for all tournament related events, including the alliance matches. The International Botball Tournament seeding rounds, double elimination rounds and alliance matches are free and open to the public.
Find out when these rounds will occur by visiting:
Schedule of Events
International Botball Champions
2013 - Dead Robot Society (13-0006) - Herndon, Virginia
2012 - Los Altos Community Team (12-0636) - Los Altos, California
2011 - Hanalani Schools (11-0052) - Mililani, HI
2010 - Hanalani Schools (10-0052) - Mililani, HI
2009 - Alcott Middle School (09-0050 ) - Norman, OK
2008 - Cedar Brook Academy (08-0008) - Clarksburg, MD
2007 - Cedar Brook Academy (07-0008) - Clarksburg, MD
2006 - Norman High School (06-0238) - Norman, OK
2005 - Norman High School (05-0003) - Norman, OK
2004 - Crystal Springs Uplands School (04-0162) - Hillsborough, CA
2003 - Rolla Area Homeschool (03-0296) - St. James, MO
Below is a brief description of each of tournament round.
Precision Seeding Rounds
On day two of the conference, teams compete unopposed on the game board as their robots attempt to score as many points as they can. The seeding rounds are a great opportunity for teams to show what their robots can really do.
Head-to-Head Double Elimination
The action heats up on day four as teams go head-to-head in the double elimination rounds. Robots from two different teams compete on the game board simultaneously in an effort to score as many points as possible, but also to keep their opponent from scoring. It's all in good fun since Botball tournaments are designed to be exciting and educational, but non-destructive.
Cooperative Alliance Matches
The tournament isn't over for teams that are eliminated from the double elimination rounds! Once a team is eliminated, they have the opportunity to compete in the alliance matches. Alliance matches pair teams from different schools and regions to compete cooperatively in an effort to score as many points as possible with robots from both teams. Alliance matches offer students the chance to continue in the competition and get to know people from different regions - sometimes from different countries!