"These are the sort of things that 10, 12, 15 years ago computer science PhDs were working on, and now you've got 12, 14, 15 year old students doing it."

   - David Lavery,
      Solar System Explorations, NASA

Smart Robots. Smarter Students!
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What do I need for Botball

Here are a just a few requirements that you would need to get a team off and rolling towards creating a robot for the Botball season.

  • Computer - Botball participants will need access to a laptop computer with the KISS-C IDE installed. There will be no computers available at the workshop or tournament, so a team needs to have access to one at all times.

Your machine must run one of three operating systems.

  • Windows XP or Vista
  • MacOS X 10.3 or later. -- If you're using MacOS, you should install the latest version of the Apple Developer Tools for your version of OS X. These can be downloaded for free from the Apple developer web site (registration is required for the download).
  • Linux -- KISS C is developed to work under recent versions of Ubuntu Linux, and may work on other distributions as well.

The computer requirements are:

  • A USB port and drivers for connecting to the CBC via USB. The CBC has built in USB, and does not require a USB to serial adapter. Visit http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm to get the appropriate drivers
  • A CD Rom drive
  • Privileges to install new software on the computer
  • Internet Access -- The bulk of correspondence regarding Botball is done via e-mail or posted on our web site. E-mail is vital to success in the Botball program.
  • Arena -- Each team has the option to build their own game arena for practice purposes. The cost to build an arena is kept to a minimum and detailed instructions are provided at the workshop. All parts are standard items available at most home improvement stores.