1992 – Maize Craze

The Game:

Robots try to move tennis balls into their corner of the field. To make things more interesting, the entire field is covered with a layer of corn kernels 1.5″ thick.

New and Interesting:

1 vs. 1 vs. 1 vs. 1: A four-way competition. And the corn, too.

The Competitions:

28 teams competed in a high school gym in Manchester, NH. One regional/championship.

1992 Robot

1993 – Rug Rage


The Game:

Robots move kick balls and water-filled balls into their own goals. In order to fit in the goal, the kick balls had to be lifted over a bar (see video). Stealing from opponents’ goals was allowed and even encouraged.

New and Interesting:

Robots were remote controlled for the first time. This meant the tethers seen in Maize Craze disappeared.

The Competitions:

The 1993 Robot, designed for Rug Rage

1994 – Tower Power


The Game:

Robots compete to launch soccer balls into a tower with two buckets: a high bucket worth more points, and a low bucket.

New and Interesting:

An unusual match system allowed for three-way competition in preliminary rounds and two-way games in the finals. This persisted for several years.

The Competitions:

1994 Robot

1995 – Ramp n' Roll


The Game:

Robots must pick up large vinyl balls and launch or place them over a 9-foot goal. New and Interesting: Pneumatics (air-powered systems) were included in the kit of parts for the first time. 1995 also marked the first national competition – in Disney World.

New and Interesting:

Pneumatics (air-powered systems) were included in the kit of parts for the first time. 1995 also marked the first national competition – in Disney World.

The Competitions:

Sorry, no video this time. 59 teams participated.

1995 Robot

1996 – Hexagon Havoc


The Game:

Robots tried to move small and large balls of their team’s color to a shared central goal.

New and Interesting:

The weight limit for robots was increased to the present 120 lbs, allowing for larger and more complex robots. Also, human players directly interacted with the game pieces for the first time – a human player was allowed to throw balls from the outside of the field. The Woodie Flowers award, celebrating a mentor who inspires others in engineering, was awarded for the first time (to Dr. Woodie Flowers himself).

The Competitions:

1996 Robot