photo by Team Litewav
The Speedway is a figure eight track in which the robots race for
two minutes. The winner is the robot with the most laps completed
during that time limit. No weapons are allowed to be used during
this time but head to head collisions are encouraged. Both speed
and agility are the primary ingredients for the robot that will
do the best in this challenge.
Scoring: 10 points are given for each lap completed and the winner gets
an extra 20.
The Maze course if one of the more difficult challenges in that it
requires a robot to be fast, strong and agile. The maze has several obstacles
the robot must cross before reaching the center winner's platform. The obstacles
include a teeter-totter ramp, a 20lb block that must be pushed out of the
way, spiked swinging walls, a set of speed bumps, a guillotine and finally
a waterfall of death. After crossing all of these obstacles the winner is
crowned atop the main platform.
Scoring: 15 points are given for each obstacle crossed and the winner gets
an extra 25.
photo by Team Litewav
photo by Team Kritical Mass
The Gauntlet is the final challenge prior to crowning the winner which will
then move on to the Sumo round. The robots race in a straight-away track
while breaking through walls of increasing difficulty. The first is a pane of
glass, followed by a wall of paint cans. If the robots make it this far they
must then break through a wall of brinks followed by a wall of cinder blocks.
The last obstacle is a 100lb safe which the robots must push out of the
way to be considered the winner.
Scoring: 15 points are given for each ostacle crossed and 25 for the winner.
The Sumo - Battle to the Death!
The Sumo is the final round of competition. It pits the winners of the show preliminary
rounds and is simply a Battle to the Death! The robots are placed atop a platform
that is 8 feet of the ground. For the first minute of the match these robots fight
it out in relative safety since gates protect them from falling off the platform.
After 1 minute the gates fall and the robots now face a fall to their death if they
make even one wrong move. The winner of this competition has to be strong enough
to be able to push his competitor off leaving him as the the champion.
Scoring: The winner is the last robot standing on the platform.
photo by Scott Ellis
Robotica Show Hosts
(Left to Right) Tanika Ray,
Ahmet Zappa, Tanya Memme
Often outrageous and always unique, Ahmet Zappa
has been a popular guest on shows such as Late Night
with Conan O'Brien and MTV Live, usually appearing
with his brother Dweezil. Together, they hosted USA
Network's eclectic variety show, Happy Hour. A
musician and actor, Zappa - like his father, the late
Frank Zappa - is without question multi-talented, and
his personality and wit will undoubtedly add a touch of
humor to the tense competitive atmosphere of
Tanika Ray has extensive training in acting and dance,
earning a degree in Theater Arts from Spelman
College, all of which will serve her well playing the
more straightforward host role for Robotica. Her
experiences in television and new media include
hosting The Big Help on Nickelodeon and Limozeno on
The Den. She has appeared as a co-host on Wheel of
Fortune 2000, and Rude Awakenings, and appeared in
Wayans Brothers, NYPD Blue and Living Single.
Tanya Memme ( www.tanyamemme.com )
Currently hosting KCBS-TV's Sports Central - Fan
Cam, Tanya Memme is a former Miss World Canada
(1993/94) who has made a home for herself in L.A. She
will, in effect, bring the sports element home for
Robotica, approximating the role of a color analyst. She
has appeared in Melrose Place, FX the Series,
Saturday Night Live (segment with Sylvester
Stallone), Another World and Hollywood East. Her film
work includes Two Hearts One Soul, Below Zero, Lost
Soul and Sandals, all independent productions.