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.
The International Botball® Tournament includes online documentation, onsite presentations, seeding rounds, double elimination rounds and alliance matches. Scores from each of these 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.
Robots Assisting a Modern Agricultural Operation
Managing a modern agricultural operation is hard work, but with the use of robotic technologies, the operations can become more efficient in their cultivation and use of resources, in particular water and fertilizer. It is planting time and Agrobot has just finished getting the family farm ready. The Barn has been cleared and the seed corn loaded into a Seed Bin. There is a Greenhouse on the Terrace that Agrobot has made ready for seedlings to be planted in its nursery. Seedlings have been laid out on a bench on the floor of the greenhouse for the Green House’s Lower Planter, and more have been laid out on the Shelf for planting in the Upper Planter. Hoppers near the Fields have been loaded with fertilizer. Water has been pumped from the Aquifer to fill the W Tanks. The Fields have been plowed into Furrows and are ready to be planted with seed corn.
To help Agrobot complete preparation of the Fields for planting, your robots need to remove hay bales so planting can commence, preferably stacking them in the Barn. There is a cow that your robots need to return to the Grazing Area or put in the Barn. Your robots will be in charge of planting the seed corn in the Field along with the correct amount of fertilizer and water to help produce the maximum amount of yield at harvest time. In addition, your robots need to plant the seedlings in the greenhouse planters in case there is a late freeze. The seedlings also need to have the right combination of fertilizer and water to thrive. If the long-range weather forecast is okay, seedlings can be planted in the Field with the corn. To help your robots adapt to the job, Agrobot has provided samples of seed corn, seedlings, fertilizer, water, and a hay bale to use when you deploy your robots.
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.
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.
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!
2018 – Norman Advanced Robotics – Norman, Oklahoma
2017 – items HTL Wiener Neustadt (17-0602) – Wiener Neustadt, Austria
2016 – items HTL Wiener Neustadt (16-0602) – Wiener Neustadt, Austria
2015 – Winchester High School (15-0371) – Winchester, Massachusetts
2014 – Great Mills High School (14-0506) – Great Mills, Maryland
2013 – Dead Robot Society (13-0006) – Herndon, Virginia
2012 – Los Altos Community Team (12-0636) – Los Altos, California
2011 – Hanalani Schools (11-0052) – Mililani, Hawaii
2010 – Hanalani Schools (10-0052) – Mililani, Hawaii
2009 – Alcott Middle School (09-0050 ) – Norman, Oklahoma
2008 – Cedar Brook Academy (08-0008) – Clarksburg, Maryland
2007 – Cedar Brook Academy (07-0008) – Clarksburg, Maryland
2006 – Norman High School (06-0238) – Norman, Oklahoma
2005 – Norman High School (05-0003) – Norman, Oklahoma
2004 – Crystal Springs Uplands School (04-0162) – Hillsborough, California
2003 – Rolla Area Homeschool (03-0296) – St. James, Missouri
2002 – Columbia Robotics Club – Columbia, Missouri
2001 – Foothill HS Team 2 (FT2) – San Jose, California
2000 – Paxon School for Advanced Studies (PAX) – Jacksonville, Florida
Norman Advanced Robotics, 1st Place IBT Champions 2018