The SCRC holds three events a year. One in January, one in June, and one in September. The first two sometimes move ahead or back a month and the venues can be different every time. We have held events in shopping centers, schools, the Saskatoon Fireworks Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, Wakeride, and every three years at the University’s “Cameco Spectrum” Science & Engineering Expo.
The September event is the Kilobots Canadian National Championship and is held in conjunction with the Saskatoon Comic & Entertainment Expo. This is one you don’t want to miss! Teams from across Canada, the USA and the UK travel to Saskatoon to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and the coveted “Kilobots Cup”. Meet teams (and robots!) that have competed on BattleBots and Robot Wars, and at the International RoboGames.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is there a separate “rookie” tournament, or is the rookie designation there for some other reason?
A: Alongside the regular (called “Masters”) 1lb and 3lb weight classes, the SCRC runs a 1lb Rookie class for new builders to get some experience. You can compete in that class as long as you need to, until you or the group decides you have graduated. Winner of the Rookie class will likely be bumped up to Masters, but wins a free entry!
Q: How is the competition structured? (Round robin, single elimination, etc)
A: Kilobots tournaments are double-elimination format, so that everyone gets at least two fights. If there are fewer than 8 bots in a category we may decide to use round-robin to give more fights.
Q: So all robots must have an LED and their name printed somewhere on the robot?
A: That’s right! The Power LED is for safety, and the name is to make it easier for the audience and announcers to know which robot is which. The name can be as simple as a piece of tape with marker, but some have gone as far as to CNC the name into the robot’s armor!