In the fall of 2017 RBI Bearing was approached by the Robotics Director for Maplewood High School and asked if RBI would consider donating 100 R8-ZZ bearings to their robotics teams. Absolutely! We jumped at the opportunity to help students further their knowledge in STEM by building bots for competition.
For the past 12 years, Maplewood High School’s Robotics team has entered an annual Robotic competition designed after the BattleBots T.V. show. This year’s competition will be held on April 7th to kick off National Robotics Week. Maplewood’s bots will go up against 40 other teams from around 30 high schools nationwide.
The Maplewood robotics team consist of students grades 9-12. As a team, students design all aspects of their bots from the frame design to the weapon design. The teams are responsible for raising the funds needed to build their bots and to secure sponsorships. A typically bot costs $2,300 to build.
This year Maplewood’s teams are building two Beater Bar Bots, one Under Cutter design and one Drum bot. All of the bot frames are made from 6061 Aluminum. The Under Cutter and Beater Bar weapons are both made from S7 tool steel. Students use Autodesk Inventor to design their bots in a CAD environment and learn how to program the schools CNC, HSM and Cam equipment. They also learn how to choose the proper endmills, feed and speeds for the material that they are machining to build their bots.