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Mighty bot



Build a bot with the highest Power to weight ratio!

Two classes, PUSHERS and PULLERS


  1. maximum voltage of 18v
  2. wieght in grams/kilograms
  3. Efficiency = load pulled or pushed (g) / Mass of bot 
  4. must use a video to demonstrate capabilities


  1. Test area will be a 50cm x 1m rectangle, contestant drags or pushes object from the forward most portion of the object to the end of the testing area
  2. Mass moved will sit inside or on top of a box or towel, contestant must demonstrate that the container does not help the robot in any way to move the mass
  3. any box may be used if the contestant chooses to do so as the containers mass will be added to the mass of the object/weight being moved 
  4. the container carrying the mass must be pulled via rope and hook, or pushed by the robot itself
  5. the mass and the robot must be tested on a flat surface, preferably a linoleum floor or gym floor(urethane coated wood)



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I think some interesting research could come out of this!

I hink some (one) example on the details would help understand / inspire to participate.

Does it need to be able to do anything except push/pull things? or can I just attach some uber strong motors to a battery? or maybe find the object to be pushed/pulled? any certain distance etc?

Wait so is this total voltage? Parallel vs Series?


Because I am making a bot that uses two 12v SLA batteries in series. And when you wire in series, the voltage stays the same, while the current is doubled.


Series connection adds up the voltages, parallel connection adds the current.
ahh your right, thats what i meant ;)


OKay, so how about the testing area is a 50cm x 1m rectangle, the robot (self-contained autonomous or radio controlled device) must pull the greatest weight to fit in a cardboard box no larger than 30cm x 30cm x 30cm. The robot must start form a dead stop i.e. not moving with no head start.

any more suggestions?

If you would kindly address my question
sorry, I guess its just preference, but the total votage across the two terminals providing power to the motors and the controlls should not exceed 18 volts, so using both batteries is not allowed

Nice, I always like seeing new challenges posted, thanks for making this. Should be an interesting one. I don't think boost circuits are a big problem, because my understanding is that as you raise voltage you lose the ability to provide current, so you generally  get about the same amount of actual power out of the battery. Parallel batteries isn't really a problem either, because two batteries can provide double the current, but it also has double the weight, so it may not be much of a net gain in the power-to-weight ratio.


exactly, just as Torque is proportional to speed, voltage is proportional to current, which is funny since both are key factors in this challenge