Bunnybots

2019 Bunnybots will be held on December 14th from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Montgomery Blair High School

Bunnybots Registration

Registration for Bunnybots 2019 is now open!

Sign up is open until October 1st

Volunteer Registration

Volunteer Registration for Bunnybots 2019 is now open!

Sign up is open until November 1st

What is Bunnybots?

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 blair.robot@gmail.com.

Bunnybots FAQs

What will the schedule look like?

Last year's schedule can be found here. The 2019 will schedule will remain similar to this one.

Will food be provided?

Snacks and drinks will be sold at the concessions stands during the event, but teams should make their own arrangements for lunch. There are some good restaurants nearby in the 4 Corners Shopping Center across the street from Blair. A map of this area can be found here.

How do load-in and load-out work?

The entry door is 64” wide by 93” tall, with a 1.5” tall bump in the middle of the door (see third image). This is the largest entrance available for load-in and load-out. We ask that all teams enter and exit through the Colesville side of the building (see fourth image).

What will the building layout be?

We will be holding Bunnybots in the Blair gymnasium, with concessions right beside the gym and bathrooms nearby. Lunch should be eaten in the SAC, on the opposite side of the school (see images 1 and 2)

How large are the pits?

Pits are 10 feet square, with no height limit (other than the roof, which is 70’). In addition, if a team would like a table for their pit, please request one in advance by emailing us at blair.robot@gmail.com

Will FMS be used at this event?

We do net yet know if we will be using FMS at this event.

Will there be wifi at this event?

There will be wifi at the event (connect to the MCPSGuest network), but it is somewhat slow and a public network. If you need a faster connection or a secure network, please ask an event volunteer.

Can I help with resources?

Since we are not an official FIRST event we won’t have as many spares and resources, so please bring plenty of spare parts, batteries and safety glasses!

Goals

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.

Rookies

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.

Veterans

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.

Team as a Whole

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.

Mentors

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.