Modeled after FRC Team 1540's popular event, Bunnybots consists of a three-and-a-half month long "build season" in the fall. Bunnybots is an excellent opportunity for new team members to gain the skills needed to build an FRC-style robot. During the competition, they get the chance to show off their work and have some fun with an event designed just for them.
This year, our team's leadership is designing the game with a focus on skills that are important to Chesapeake teams. As a result, we ask that participating teams include any skills they would like to develop on the registration form. The Chesapeake Bunnybots challenge will be released on September 1st. The registration deadline is October 1st for teams and November 1st for volunteers.The registration fee is $100, with an additional $50 fee for each robot, but please let us know if you think that this would be a hardship for your team.
The competition will be held from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., with load-in at 9:30 a.m. and load-out ending at 7 p.m. on December 14th. We are capping registration at 15 teams, so sign up quickly to guarantee a spot! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
The aim of Bunnybots, as a solid preseason curriculum, is to build and develop a technical foundation for rookie members as well as teach veteran members leadership and project management skills.
In the preseason, rookie education is sometimes neglected in favor of veteran projects, leading to many students unprepared for build season or uninterested in the team. Bunnybots provides a solution to insufficient rookie training by allowing these students to learn proper hand machining procedures, the basics of designing, and other skills that will allow them to succeed during the intense build season.
First year veterans should continue to develop technical skills during preseason, with a focus on CAD and the design process (CAD to prototype to final product, including iterations). Programming first year veterans will be able to program the Bunnybots -- many of them worked on small projects over the last build season and preseason and this task will prepare them for the larger task of programming the robot for teleop and autonomous. While it is important for veterans to be able to explore their own interests during preseason, this often comes at a cost to rookie education. Our older veterans should have developed all the design and technical skills they need in previous build seasons and pre/postseasons. As such, there should be no need for an additional technical project for this group during preseason. Rather, an emphasis should be placed on learning project management, leadership, and task delegation.
By working on a robot in the preseason, the team will be better equipped to handle the rigor of build season. Team members from different grades and programs will get to know one another better, which will significantly help team dynamics overall. Rookies will also not be neglected under this new system, since it prioritizes the education of rookies over all other objectives. As expected, this has led to higher rookie retention rates and rookie productivity on our team, improving team sustainability.
Bunnybots would also serve as a great way to get mentors engaged in preseason training, since the engineering challenge would be more interesting than simple tool training. Mentors and students would be able to form better bonds by working together before the build season and the structure of the project would prepare mentors for build season and reduce issues between mentors and students during the actual build season.