TL;DR: BrushBots/BristleBots are always awesome and Wednesday’s race-themed event was no exception. I didn’t get as many pictures and videos as I would have liked because it was too busy to keep up! Eventually the tracks had to come off the table and more to the floor to make room. We learned that there are really 3 kinds of BrushBots in this world: speeders, multi-terrain and dancers.
Most folks took their BrushBots home but here are a few that stayed with us past sunset, in their lovely toothbrush handle and coffee stir corral. Not all the bots made it through the tracks, and that is okay. They just gotta be who they’re going to be.
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Drag Race Times
The key for racers were to make them as light as possible. Robert’s trick: cut out the middle bristles of the toothbrush head. It made his bot whip through the drag race, but it couldn’t go anywhere on the gaff-tape lined track.
Only the few, the proud, the brave could make it through the twisty main track. The big key was to keep the bot small and simple. Embellishments just got in the way. The times reflect a 5 second penalty per touch, with one touch per crossing forgiven. Thankfully there is video of Ma Noren’s Winning Run or no one would believe!