Creativity is actively encouraged! Control your bot from your cellphone! Create a hammer-like weapon out of popsicle sticks! If you can think it up, try to do it!
What is included in my ticket?
A brand new Arduino Uno, a SumoBot chassis, batteries, and all other parts needed to build your fully functional robot, plus lunch!
What is a NodeBot? What is a SumoBot?
A SumoBot is a NodeBot specifically designed to push other NodeBots out of the designated Sumo ring by any means necessary!
Is this a Hackathon?
Nope! While we will declare a winner of the Sumo Ring, you’re only prize will be celebrating your victory over the other bots.
Spectacular failure is also celebrated and encouraged!
Do I have to have any experience with robots or hardware?
Can my child attend?
Well behaved kids are welcome as long as they are accompanied by a parental guardian for the duration of the event. Parental Guardians must purchase a meal ticket.
What do I need to bring with me?
A functional laptop with NodeJS pre-installed. Please refer to the NodeJS installation instructions if you need further information.
How do I get there and where should I park?
Directions and parking information are available on the U.C. Davis Extension’s website.
Check-in to the event, get your SumoBot kit, grab a seat, and start preparing to build a robot!
Design & Build
Build your SumoBot! This time can be spent however the attendee wishes, though we encourage everyone to start building a solid foundation for your bot. Familarize yourself with the components and the Johnny Five API. Once you have the basic functionality dialed in, let your creativity take over! Control your robot from your cell phone! Create weapons (or defenses) using craft materials!Sponsored by StrongLoop
Optional Learn to Solder Workshop
Interested in learning how to solder? While not a requirement of the basic SumoBot Kit, Rocket Department will be on site all day with their Learn to Solder Kits!Sponsored by Rocket Department
Take a break with a catered lunch! Stepping away from the computer can be a great way for your brain to mull over any bugs or new ideas you may have, but if you want to keep hacking while eating, go for it!
Design & Build
Hopefully by this point, you are well on your way to a fully working robot. But if not, don’t fret! We have staff on hand that can try and help you work through any problems you may have.
Plus, even if your robot spins around in circles and blows up, that’s also totally cool!Sponsored by Sparkfun
Soldering irons down, everyone! Its time for a sumo tournament! Contestants will be chosen on a volunteer/random basis and will go to battle in a 3-on-3 sumo competition. Last bot in the ring advances to the next round! Cheering and (constructive) jeering encouraged!
Did you end up not making a SumoBot? That’s also awesome! Show and Tell will be actively encouraged for any and all projects built during the course of the event!
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