Our third robot competition was held at Durango Hills Community Center / YMCA in the north west area of Las Vegas. We had 36 robots competing in the 3 events, and many new builders we had not seen in our previous competitions.

Jan Malasek did exceptionally well, taking First Place in All Three Events! Congratulations Jan!

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their gracious prize dontations:




Wright Hobbies Robotics


Make: Magazine

Norland Research

Line Following Results
Robots had to make 3 laps around the track without falling off, and were given 2 chances to do this. We started with preliminary races to determine the top 8, and then had a single elimination bracket to pick the top 4 winners. Although Laser had the shortest time, it fell off the track twice during the semi-finals which allowed What's That Smell? to take first place. The line following track had 12 straight tiles, and 24 curve tiles, for a total 3 lap length of about 2821 cm.
RobotBuilderBest Time
1st PlaceWhat's That Smell?Jan Malasek0:37 seconds
2nd PlaceBlue LightningByon Garrabrant0:53 seconds
3rd PlaceLaserByon Garrabrant0:36 seconds
4th PlaceBig UglyCandice Kamachi0:41 seconds
QuixoScott Garrabrant1:14
Spare Parts IIRick Rowland1:29
Boe LegDave LeBlanc1:52
Blue LightningAmber Zeigenbein2:00
DK1Dennis Krostoski2:05
Manly BugSean Jahanpour1:47
Lonely RiderJulie Tognoni & Michael Narrison2:27
CrimsonMike Griffith2:29
Line WalkerJosh Beltran2:42
Lil AngelAngel Penaloza3:50
Spare PartsEric Schmidthuber-
First TimeLeslie Dalton & Kim Krempel-
HerrmannJaime Nikiton & Michelle Foucault-
RajhaWendy Lindow & Angela Denari-

Mini Sumo Results
The Mini Sumo preliminary events were a chance for every bot to have a single battle with every other. Then the top 8 from the preliminaries went on to a single elimination bracket of best 2 of 3 battles. We had 4 competitors who did not know that there was a size limit, and built bots from Lego Mindstorm kits, so they turned out a bit too large, but the judges decided to allow them to compete anyway. Although Ultra Violet was in 8th place in the prelimininary rounds, it went on to take First Place Sumobot!
RobotBuilderPreliminary Wins
1st PlaceUltra VioletJan Malasek6 wins
2nd PlaceCrimsonMike Griffith10 wins
3rd PlaceGuess What?Erwin & Rob8 wins
4th PlaceJunk ManEric Schmidthuber10 wins
Happy Jr.Byon Garrabrant12 wins
Below AverageJan Malasek8 wins
Bucky 2.0Scott Garrabrant7 wins
DiggerKelly Dehner & Tamara Cook6 wins
M and MMeehan & MaryBeth5 wins
QuartoScott Garrabrant5 wins
Big EdJeremy & Amber Zeigenbein4 wins
Lil BrandonBrandon Summers4 wins
Mr. HappyByon Garrabrant3 wins
TimmyTimmy Garrabrant2 wins
Lil JoshJoshua A Beltran2 wins

Line Maze Results
We had 3 competitors in the Line Maze event. All three solved the maze perfectly after the initial exploration. All three also showed a sign of realization of solving the maze, so all received the 0:10 bonus removes from their time. It was very close, but Square pulled off the First Place Win.
1st PlaceSquareJan Malasek0:31 seconds
2nd PlaceClydeByon Garrabrant0:32 seconds
3rd PlaceQuoridorScott Garrabrant0:56 seconds

Event pictures
Here are a few random pictures from the event.


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