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2013 SABRE Games

The 2013 SABRE games will take place on the night of Thursday, February 28, in Magrath, at the elementary school, from 5 to 7 pm.

We will run Tug of War, Sumo, and a Parade, in that order.


Tug Of War

Two robots are tied together with a string and each tries to pull its opponent over the center line. We will be using these rules [pdf] and here is a great video tutorial. Note: Replaced broken link.


Two robots are placed in a sumo ring. Each tries to find and push its opponent out without going out of the ring itself. Please read the full rules .


Robots are dressed up and strut their stuff, following a line and not crashing into the robot in front. We will use the RoboParade 2012 rules. Videos and rules are here.

Posted by Clinton Blackmore - Wednesday February 13, 2013.
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2012 SABRE Games at CES Science Fair

On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, starting at 5:30 pm, we’ll run the SABRE games in conjunction with the CES science fair, at the Cardston Elementary School.

This year, we’ll run the following events:

  • Maze Solving
  • Obstacle Course
  • Tug Of War

We will have medals for the winners. Participation in the event is free, but please let me know if you think you’ll be attending. Consider this event a warm-up for Robofest in Mountain View on March 31 (which is a more serious event, and requires advance planning!)

The Events

Maze Solving

The maze is built out of reconfigurable tiles, like these (except that they are a slightly different size; 12” x 12” instead of 30cm x 30 cm). Note that the walls are roughly 6 inches tall. An explorer bot’s ultrasonic sensor is too high up to see them.

Obstacle Course

The obstacle course will be done as in years gone by. Build a robot to go down a straight corridor, going over obstacles like pencils, chocolate bars, ramps, and books. The robot that goes the furthest the faster wins. Read more details and see the tips.

Tug Of War

Two robots are tied together with a string and each tries to pull its opponent over the center line. We’ll be using these rules, and here is a great video tutorial, and some great ideas.

I hope to see you there!

Posted by Clinton Blackmore - Friday February 3, 2012.
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Upcoming Robotics Events - 2011/2012

Here are some events that I believe are coming up during the 2010/2011 school year.

If you are aware of others, please contact me.

Posted by Clinton Blackmore - Monday August 29, 2011.
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