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How do I join?

To become a member of the BattleBots team, you will need to attend the first General Interest Meeting, followed by a few BattleBots meetings that are designed specifically to introduce new members to the team and to explain the team’s activities. It is possible to join later in the year but you will have a harder time keeping up with the team’s progress. If you are unsure whether this team is a good fit for you, still come by during the first few meetings just to look around!

What will I do?

As a new member, you will be taught about the BattleBots competition, and the skills necessary for the design of a fighting robot. You will begin in the 3lb Training Program through which you will be given an opportunity to work with a team to create your own 3lb robot! Your design will be modeled in CAD, machined, assembled and brought to Motorama, a BattleBots competition up in Harrisburg, PA. After the training program, you will be inducted as full BattleBots members and go on to help work on and maintain our line up of robots.

What experience do I need?

We teach all the skills necessary for participation on the team during meetings and in external training sessions, so don’t feel discouraged if you don’t have any robotics experience. Your interests will play a much more significant role. In terms of what you will learn and need to do to actively participate on the team, here is a brief overview:

  • Computer aided design – you will use Autodesk Inventor software to help design multiple robots and simulate performance
  • Mechanical engineering principles – you will learn what materials to use for the robot and how parts should be designed to withstand a load
  • Machining – you will learn to machine aluminum, steel, and plastic (including using a manual mill, manual lathe, waterjet, and various hand tools)
  • Electrical engineering principles – you will learn general principles of electronic systems design and analysis, and apply them to the robots (including using a circuit mill)

Are there dues?

Dues are required to become a member, they amount to $55 per semester or $100 per year. Paying one semester dues will enable you to get a RoboJackets T-Shirt, while one year includes a polo shirt. Additionally, partial payment of competition fees (including travel, food, robot entry, etc) is required for members attending the competition. These fees vary each year. Dues and other fees may be waived for members who demonstrate financial need – talk to the team leader for more details.