Rumble in the Roads 2016 Champions
Team 384 - Sparky 384 (Richmond, VA), Team 836 - The RoboBees (Hollywood, MD), Team 5957 - CAT 5 CyberCanes (Newport News, VA)
The Ironclad Award, sponsored by InSource, celebrates robustness in concept and fabrication. This year’s award is presented to a team whose robot has shown true resilience in combat. While their robot may come away from this event with battle scars, this team has built their robot to stay afloat.
This year’s award goes to a team whose robot could scoot, shoot and was built rugged and strong and performed as well as it looked. The judges were impressed by the ease with which it could be repaired, thanks to its modular design. Just like Kilroy, this ‘bot is here, there and everywhere. This year’s Ironclad Award goes to Team 339 from Stafford VA, Kilroy Robotics.
The Shipbuilder Award, sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding, celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively achieves the game challenge. This team demonstrates a clear understanding of the rules of the game and their robot has been designed to effectively complete the tasks with consistency and accuracy.
This team demonstrated mastery of planning by holding design meetings to determine which challenges they should tackle first, then using techniques such as white boarding and prototyping to assist in determining the best robot design. This team should take pride in building a robot that is excellent at both offensive and defensive maneuvers, thus giving them flexibility on the competition floor. The team receiving the shipbuilding award is Triple Helix, Team 2363.
USS Monitor Award
The USS Monitor presented a new concept in ship design and employed a variety of new innovations in ship building that caught the attention of the world. The USS Monitor Award, sponsored by Canon, celebrates innovation in robot components, design, or strategy of play. This team’s unique ideas stretch beyond the norm and reflect creative thinking to effectively achieve their goals on the field of battle.
This year’s award goes to a team whose use of gyroscopes, turret design and custom software was electrifying. This year’s USS Monitor Award goes to Team 1389 from Bethesda, MD, The Body Electric.
The Captain Award is sponsored by Christopher Newport University. It is presented to a team whose members gain the pride and respect of not only their school and sponsors, but also their competitors. This team truly inspires others with their teamwork, leadership, and gracious professionalism on and off the field.
This year’s award is being presented to the team that inspires and promotes STEM awareness through their community outreach. This includes the distribution of Lego educational kits promoting science and technology awareness and education on a global scale. Their commitment to strengthening opportunities for education for the advancement of STEM by lobbying state senate representatives, drafting legislation, and successfully ushering the passage of a bill to fund STEM programs in Virginia schools. This award is being presented to Team 1086, Blue Cheese!