"My former Botball students are in engineering or computer science programs at University of Illinois, Washington University in St. Louis, Notre Dame, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, to name a few."

   - Scott,
      High School Teacher

Smart Robots. Smarter Students!
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Learn the Basics

The Basics

As you begin to plan your team’s Botball experience, it is important to familiarize yourself with the current year’s:

  • Schedule & Deadlines: A complete list of deadlines, workshop and tournament dates.
  • Regions & Teams: Provides detailed information on each regional event including a list of registered teams.
  • Registration Policy: Includes details on what you’ll need to participate along with policies on registration incentives, payments and withdrawals.
  • Fundraising Resources & Scholarships: Download our Fundraising Guide for new funding ideas. If your team will be applying for a Botball Scholarship, please read the Scholarship Policy in full.

Educator Workshops

The Botball season begins with a 2-day professional development workshop where team leaders, mentors and students will learn about current robotics technology by participating in a variety of interactive exercises and activities. The hands-on workshop covers basic robot elements, processors, sensors, motors, programming in KISS, feedback and control, robot construction and Botball game rules for the current season.

Workshops are held on Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday depending on the region. Sessions run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day and each team may bring a total of 3 people to the workshop.

Teams attending the workshop will receive their complete reusable Botball robotics kit, a flashdrive of workshop slides and resource materials, rules for the current season Botball game, and rules for the Botball online documentation.

Teams will need to bring an extension cord, power strip, and a laptop computer with KISS-C IDE installed. It is critical that teams have administrative passwords and/or privileges to install software on whatever computer they bring to the workshop!

Workshop Participation Guidelines:

  • Workshop participation is optional, but strongly recommended. However, new teams receiving scholarships are required to attend their regional workshop.
  • Each registered team may bring NO MORE than 3 people to the workshop, of whom at least one person must be a teacher or mentor. (If you have more than one team, there must be at least one adult per group of three.) Unfortunately there can be no exceptions to this rule.
  • Photographs will be taken during the workshop. Photos may be used in publications or other media material produced, used, or contracted by KISS Institute. Any participant who prefers not to have their photo taken or distributed must let the workshop instructor or a KIPR staff member know prior to the start of the workshop.


Tournaments provide a fun atmosphere for teams to showcase their work. Teams begin by running 3 unopposed seeding rounds to determine their rank for the double elimination portion. After seeding rounds are complete, all teams participate in an exciting double elimination tournament where they play against one another in an equitable draw bracket. The day culminates in an Awards Ceremony.

Teams are provided a Pit Area where they can modify their robot and programming between rounds. The Pit Area is strictly for student use only and no teachers, coaches, mentors or other adults are allowed in the Pit Area on tournament day.

Teams are expected to bring their own laptop, power strip, and extension cord.

General Tournament Rules

  • Robots must be completely student built from the Botball kit of approved parts.
  • Robots must be completely student programmed.
  • All judges’ decisions regarding scoring are final.
  • Trophies and certificates are awarded in the following categories: Overall, Double Elimination, Seeding, Judges’ Choice, and Documentation.

Technical Support

Call us at (405) 579 4609, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm Central Time. See our contact page for additional contact information.