Andrea Suarez

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Back to Do Battle

August 2015, Page 16

If you’re reading this magazine, you’ve probably spent hours watching BattleBots episodes full of mayhem and destruction.

BUILD REPORT: New Builders, Beware!

April 2014, Page 35

Here are some tips to avoid some common pitfalls at your first competition.

EVENT REPORT: Thunderdome

March 2014, Page 40

Thunderdome is a new event to South Florida aiming to give builders a venue to compete multiple times a year. Spectators can learn from competitors and come back with a robot of their own.

2014 STEM Tech Olympiad

March 2014, Page 37

We are thrilled to announce the 2014 STEM Tech Olympiad! The event will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center in South Florida on May 4-6.

Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew Part 2: Designing an Asymmetric Weapon

March 2014, Page 32

Last month, we discussed the design and performance compromises that accompany the use of an asymmetric weapon. If you decide that this design is right for your robot, the next step is to start concocting your weapon.

EVENT REPORT: Robots Battle at the County Fair

August 2013, Page 29

The Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo brings thrilling rides and mouth-watering food to South Florida each year.

EVENT REPORT: GCRS 11 — Robots, Birthday Cake, and Off-Road Trucks!

April 2013, Page 32

GCRS 11 continues its series of events hosted by Jim Smentowski, owner of The Robot Marketplace. The events give Florida Insectweight robot builders a chance to get together for a day of robot battles with some new competitors, as well as to continue some long-fought rivalries!

Clash of the Bots 3

October 2012, Page 35

Motorama Carolina Combat Robotics hosted its third Clash of the Bots on July 14 at the Schiele Museum of Natural History.

PEOPLE OF BOTS: Meet the Robot Riot Teams

August 2012, Page 36

The first annual Robot Riot attracted 38 robots to Miami Beach from Puerto Rico, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Competitors ranged from 13-60 years of age, including five teams that fought their first robot at this event.

EVENT REPORT: Gulf Coast Robot Sports Completes its 10th Event

June 2012, Page 42

January 2012 marked the 10th South Florida Insectweight combat event from Gulf Coast Robot Sports (GCRS).

A Decade of Robot Fighting

June 2012, Page 49

The box is locked, the lights are on ... it’s robot fighting time!

BUILD REPORT: Rollin’ With the Punches

January 2012, Page 29

Win or lose, the best combat robots always put on a show. That means no drive system failures unless your robot is in pieces. Bigger bots can achieve this through redundancy: four motors, four speed controllers, etc.