Kilobots Robot Events is a registered non-profit member organization that exists to entertain audiences and promote STEAM by hosting combat robot tournaments, workshops and events. The organization started as a student club at the University of Saskatchewan in 2003, became a city-wide group in 2005, and incorporated in 2014. On average, 3 events per year are held in or around Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, along with several demonstrations and exhibitions.
What is a Kilobots Event?
Kilobots are similar to the gladiators of ancient Rome, fighting to the death for your entertainment. The main difference is that after each match, builders will take their robots back to the pits and repair them good-as-new and ready for the next fight. Some builders will make their robot as destructive as possible, while others will build theirs like a tank to absorb and redirect that power. Some will build with a focus on control, others with speed and ramming power. And some just want to try a design that has never been built before, to see if it can be done!
The fighting surface is 6×8′ and made of two layers of 12gauge steel. The arena sports two spinning hazards and two Drop Zones (each driver decides on their side’s pushout being open/closed). This keeps matches exciting and adds an extra layer of strategy to the driving.
The Kilobots arena is rated A-6-ICE.
A: Best protection, no weapon RPM limitations.
6: 3lb max weight class (plus 100% walker weight bonus, 6lbs max).
ICE: Internal combustion engines are allowed (driver must wipe the walls and floor after each match).
We do not allow flame weapons (they foul up the walls).
So What Are Kilobots?
Kilobots are 150gram, 1lb, or 3lb radio controlled fighting robots; miniature versions of their larger BattleBot™ cousins. The robots at Kilobots events sport vicious weapons including high-speed titanium blades, battering rams, spinning saws, crushing jaws and pneumatic flipping arms. At our tournaments you will see some of the most innovative and destructive sub-lightweight robots in all the world!
Who Builds Them?
The design of each competitor’s Kilobot is as different as the builders behind them. Competitors range from high school students to grandparents, male and female. All are part of a tight-knit community that welcomes new members. The SCRC has ongoing discussions in an online SPARC forum and in our Kilobots Builders Facebook group. Builders can post progress reports on their bots and get answers to any questions they have. You are welcome to join and see what this mayhem is all about. If you only want to know when the next events are, it’s as easy as following the Kilobots Facebook page.
The SKRC builders sometimes meet at Saskatoon TechWorks. Veteran builders can be there to help you complete your robot, and TechWorks has all sorts of tools to get the job done! If you would like to attend just pop in to our Facebook page/group and mark yourself as Attending for the next event, or ask when it is if there are none listed.
Want To Build Your Own?
Saskatoon hosts the largest combat robotics events in Canada and has a great collection of knowledgeable builders. For advice on building your own Kilobot, check out our Facebook page and group, the rules, and the upcoming events page.
Need Parts? Not Sure How To Get Started?
Motors, batteries, wheels, radios, materials, even complete robot kits! Check out the “Viper” combat robot starter kit, the world’s most popular combat kit, which includes everything you’ll need to get going in the sport of combat robotics!
Find everything you need online at www.FingerTechRobotics.com. (Ships worldwide. Saskatoon local pick-ups available.)