The Battle Bot project is a national competition project, which requires team members to develop additional skills needed to be successful in a team oriented business world. Mainly learning to function as a team, managing time, writing sponsorship letters, raising funds, establishing budgets, dealing with vendors, dealing with UC legal office for competition contract and UC branding office for permission to use UC logo on the team T-shirts and the bot.
Each student is in charge of an area of development of CATastrophy. Daniel designed the transmission system, Shaun designed the weapon that will be used for attack in the match, Mark created the frame and the armor, Alexis produced the electronic system that CATastrophy will use to operate.
"We designed CATastrophy with the winning bots of the past two years in mind," says Egan.
Contributions from sponsors every year are vital to the team’s success. Everything from cash, donated materials, armor, and machine time were provided in support of their bot and totaled nearly $40,000. Sponsors include P&G, Magellan Aerospace-Aeronca, Trutec, JF Berns, and W.H. Heimkreiter Mfg. Inc.Sponsorship is a large portion of the ability for the students to compete in this challenge. Team member Alexis Owens said that "the sponsorship that we received from all of the companies was essential to the completion of the battle bot."
"The cash from P & G went towards electrical components, raw materials that we had to purchase, registration for the competition, t-shirts, and travel expenses. Magellan Aerospace-Aeronca donated the Titanium honeycomb for our armor. Trutec donated their services to heat treat our weapon to increase its strength and hardness. JF Berns and W.H. Heimkreiter Mfg. Inc. donated machining time for our weapon. Like I said before without these sponsors we would have not been able to even begin to consider this project for our senior design capstone experience," says Owens.
The students are excited to have their senior design project nearly ready for battle, but the thrill of this nationally recognized competition is also a huge plus. "Ever since I first saw Battle Bots on TV when I was nine, I knew I wanted to do that. I saw the opportunity with this contest and I took it," says Larson.
"This year’s weapon is different from previous years and what we hope is that it provides a more powerful attack and shreds our opponents. Winning is good but the most important thing is that the team learns from the whole process," says Dong.
This will be UC’s fourth appearance at a battle bot competition since their first year in 2008 when they won the first place overall award and brought home a new title to Cincinnati. Good luck to this year’s team. Bring home a Bearcat victory!