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Welcome to the Community Article Collection! Here, you'll find many articles written from Botballer's all across the world, "By Botballers, for Botballers"

Anyone can write an article! Just register an account, and then upload your article. Please be sure to check out the article submission guidelines before posting, and to learn more about how your article can become part of the YAC Guide.

Music and Engineering:Are they like oil and water?

According to my dad, most engineers are photographers and doctors are musicians. Is that true? Because of what I have seen today, musicians can be engineers.Please leave your opinions in the comments area.

Pics from GCER 2010

Sorry for the delay in posting my pics from the 2010 Global Conference on Educational Robotics.
Here is my Flickr Photostream of the event.

Espionage in Botball

Espionage in Botball: Motivation and Method
Joe McCormick
Malden Catholic High School

Espionage in Botball: Motivation and Method

1 The Necessity of Discovering Information from Other Regions

Off Season Botball preperation game

This is a game I created for teams to possibly do during the off season this summer/fall.

The game uses the field materials from last years game which keeps the costs to a minimum.

This is a great beginners game to introduce new members to the Botball experience.

Jake Hall

iPhone Create Controller - The project that never quite got released

Hello Botball community! My name is Alexander Nabavi-Noori, and I was an acting YAC member last year. Today I am here to release into the wild a really cool project that I, and my friend James Linnell worked on in our spare time last year. Its called the iPhone Create Controller. This was going to be a paper we were going to submit, but as all engineers know: shift happens.

Lego Botguy Replica Instructions for Team Trophys

Here are pdf instructions on how to make a Lego Botguy replica.

This is a cheap little trophy that can be given out to all of the team members at the end of the season.

The cost of Lego's per Botguy is around $9 if you have no Lego's on hand.

It took approximately 2 hours to design Botguy on Lego Digital Design and build him.

Hacking the CBC Botball Controller: Because It Wouldn’t Be a Botball Controller if It Couldn’t Be Hacked

Hacking the CBC Botball Controller: Because It Wouldn’t Be a Botball Controller if It Couldn’t Be Hacked
Jeremy Rand, Matt Thompson, and Braden McDorman
Norman High School, Nease High School, Norman High School,,

BEMF Motor Control

Even the most sophisticated servo-powered scoring devices are only effective when the robot can accurately manuever itself into scoring range. Though you can move your robot using fd()s and bk()s, to accurately travel at precise distances and speeds, its better to use something called closed loop motor control.

Gears and Chains

Whenever, you make a robot mechanism, you almost always need a power source. Whether it is motors, servos, rubber bands, or controlled gravity. In many instances, the simple output of the power source must be 'modified" or "moved" in order to accomplish a task (claw, bin, arm, self destruct switch). In this article, I will be discussing how you can do this is through gears and chains.

Foam Ball Grabbing Claw

When designing a claw to pick up the large foam balls, two key points need to be considered; stability, and weight. The claw does not need to be complex to complete its task, but the more advanced teams can get creative and have very unique designs.