The Texas Aimbots Spring Showdown is an insectweight robot combat event hosted at the Texas A&M campus in College Station by Texas Aimbots, Texas A&M’s premier robotics organization.
With a great venue provided by our university, a great location, and a permanent field setup, we believe that we can provide what many builders across the state are missing: a regularly scheduled, safe, well located, and well-organized tournament. Our university is located in a prime spot between Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin, and alleviates the need for builders to make long drives between major cities to compete in events.
Interested? Join the Discord server for announcements and more!
Want to see a BattleBot in person? We’ll have two! Both Subzero + Spitfire and Dragonslayer will be at the event, and we’ll be doing interviews with the amazing builders behind them.
We’ll also be live-streaming our events with casting and commentary by dedicated members, and all matches will be uploaded to YouTube after the event.
We’ll have 3-4x Dremel 3D45 printers available for participant use; bring your own PLA/PETG and we’d be happy to help y’all when you need it.
Our first event, the Spring Showdown, will be hosted on Saturday, May 21st in Texas A&M’s Memorial Student Center.
The available weight classes at this event will be 150g (fairy), 1lb (ant), and 3lb (beetle).
Registration is open to anyone interested in attending.
We’re capping registration at 20 fairies, 16 ants, and 16 beetles (subject to change). If you didn’t make it into the registration, email us! We can work something out.
Matches will be 2 minutes long and will be judged using the SPARC ruleset.
We’ll be running a standard double-elimination bracket for all our weight classes.
150g - $10 if you pay before May 1st
$15 if you pay between May 1st and May 21st
$20 on May 21st
1lb - $20 if you pay before May 1st
$25 if you pay between May 1st and May 21st
$30 on May 21st
3lb - $30 if you pay before May 1st
$35 if you pay between May 1st and May 21st
$40 on May 21st
10:00AM: Safety and Check-in Opens
11:00AM: Last call for competitors to arrive at the venue
12:00PM: Matches Begins
6:00PM: Matches End, Prize Ceremony
We’ll be giving out a goodie bag to every participant and have gift certificates and plaques for those that place in the event.
More prizes are being worked on as we secure sponsors, stay tuned!
The 1lb and 3lb arena will be 6 ft x 6 ft with a wooden floor and sufficient ventilation for internal combustion engines and gaseous flamethrowers.
The 150 gram arena will be roughly 3 ft x 4 ft with at least two pits protected by low walls.
All robots are to meet SPARC robot construction requirements. We will not specifically require a power light, but there needs to be some means of identifying when the robot is powered on such as noise or light. Additionally, robots that can’t be disabled without taking the top off during safety will not pass inspection.
The scale will be +/- 2 gram precision with calibration weights available.
We’ll be providing a 50% weight bonus for non-wheeled drivetrains. Examples include Droopy, non-wheeled versions of No-Fly-Zone, bristlebots, etc.
Modular robots can change no more than 50% of their weight between configurations, and all configurations must pass safety/inspection.
We're allowing flamethrowers with pre-approval of fuel choice.
As an engineering-focused university, we actively encourage competitors to think outside the box and innovate to push the sport forward. If you build something that you think is riding the edge of the rules, email us and we’ll likely approve it!
Ready Time and Postponements:
As the number of robots remaining in the competition drops, the ready time between your robots’ matches will get shorter. All robots will be guaranteed a minimum of 20 minutes between fights. This time is per bot, not per builder. If you are entering multiple bots, it is on you to manage your time. Robots that are not ready will forfeit their matches.
You will be allowed one postponement per robot, which will grant you an extra 20 minutes. Bots that aren’t ready within 2 minutes of the previous match, or that can’t make weight within 2 minutes of their weight check will be forced to use their postponement. If their postponement has already been used, they will forfeit the match.
If you’re interested in volunteering, please let us know! Our event is powered by college students with a love for the sport, which essentially means we’re broke.