MIT 6.270 Competition (Thursday, 02-02-06 @ 6:00pm)
Our team did attend the competition this year, but only briefly. Due to
a late start, heavy traffic, and parking difficulties (always a problem in
Cambridge), coupled with the curfew of a school night, we were only able to see
an hour of the competition. It seemed more crowded than 2004, but Compton
Labs holds fewer people than the Kresge Auditorium. Team 48 ("B.A.L.")
finished first, with Team 13 ("Cookie Monster") in 2nd place. We were
definitely rooting for the "Cookie Monsters", as we are FVC team 13.
Simply, the "Broom Club" contest was to sweep as many balls from the center
height of the 6x8' field to your own scoring areas, with robot designs
concentrating on pushing and collecting designs. Some were very quick,
some slow and deliberate, some very erratic, and some immobile. It was a
high-energy event, with prizes from the sponsors and tee shirts being thrown
into the audience (we got a couple of tee shirts our selves!).
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Check out the MIT team web pages at
MIT offers a course every January, in which students build
robots from LEGOs and electronics (they use a HappyBoard computer, not the LEGO
RCX) and compete in a contest that varies from year to year. This year's
theme is Broom Club:
Mischief. Mayhem. LEGO.
The first rule of Broom Club is:
you do not talk about Broom Club.
The second rule of Broom Club is: you do not talk about Broom Club.
One night in lab, a malcontented undergrad named Tyler finally snaps. Sick of
the late nights in lab, irritating hall mates, and mind-numbing problem sets, he
turns his fascination with robots into a covert, radical resistance to the
In the sub-basement halls of MIT the Broom Club meets to sweep away the dull,
grinding humdrum existence of student life, replacing it with the visceral
reality of robot carnage. As faithful as a support group and about as well
trained as an alter-ego their robots elevate them to the engineering nirvana
that can only be realized through head to head competition.
Today you are to be inducted into the philosophy, the revolution, the freedom
that is Broom Club. Channel your ingenuity; hone your strength; rely on your
construction skills; and bolster your knowledge of soap production.
You have joined the army! You arenít a beautiful and unique snowflake, youíre an
engineer. Beware, your first Broom Club meeting is soon and you should
remember... the third rule of Broom Club is: if this is your first night, your
robot has to sweep.
6.270 Information for Contestants page has a wealth of information for robot
course notes explain the whole process in general, both the 2005 competition
and robot construction.
The final competition is at the MIT Compton Laboratories on Thursday
night at 6:00pm. It is a great experience for FLL teams to see what
students from one of the world's best engineering universities can do with some
of the same materials that they work with themselves. Please attend if you
can, or catch the RealPlayer streamed video!
Compton Laboratories (W26)
Final Rounds for MIT 6.270 course competition
Thursday, February 2nd, 2006, 6:00pm, Compton Laboratories
The final rounds of the contest. Robots will compete until a winner is decided.
This event will be televised live on MIT Cable.
Final Rounds WEBCAST
Thursday, February 2nd, 2006, 6:00pm EST
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