There are a few members that use to be part of a local robot combat group SWARC (Southwest Area Robot Combat). We use to have tournaments at the former Mike’s Hobby Shop about 8 years ago. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about engineering, problem solving, and competition.
Here’s a video of one of the events from back then: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMA7I1bFZeQ
I emailed who I believe to still have that antweight arena and hopefully be able to reuse it for an event at DMS. If not, we could build one, we would just need some funding for the cost of polycarbonate. PC/Lexan is definitely a requirement since some of the robots have dangerous weapons. Robot combat safety is always first. It’s a great family friendly activity though and I think it would draw people to the makerspace.
I wanted to gauge interest in who would build an antweight robot or interested in watching. I’ll come up with official robot combat rules. The range of antweights that competed were anything from R/C cars with armor plates, to brushless motors and LiPo batteries and custom steel chassis and R/C controllers. They can be built with most of the modern R/C aircraft and car parts, as long as it’s under 16oz.