Hebocon

hebocon girl

The CITL, in partnership with the Office of High-Impact Practices, RU Makers, College of Education and Human Development, College of Science and Technology, Radford City Schools and Springhouse Community School, hosted the third annual Hebocon Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, 3-5pm, in Cook Hall on the Radford University campus. Approximately 35 students participated, and were guided by their instructors as well as a group of RU student and faculty mentors. Live media coverage and photo/film documentation was taken by a media crew comprised of RU students (hailing from Highlander Student Media and CITL).

For those new to the concept, this event is modeled upon the Japanese Hebocon contest, in which students build simple, DIY robots that face off in a sumo-style tournament. It's a synergy of robotics, electronics, engineering, mathematics and art. Robots are created from pieces of old toys, electronic and remote controlled gadgets, low-voltage components, duck tape, and the like. Check out the Official Rules below, as well as a short video showcasing the 2016 competition.

We were pleased to host student competitors from Belle Heth Elementary, Dalton Intermediate School, Radford High School and Springhouse Community School. Each school hosted in- or after-school build parties leading up to the main event with Radford University student mentors facilitating and teaching basic building skills to the students. In addition, the CITL and partnes held a 'gear drive' for people in the campus community to donate old toys, low-voltage electronics, etc. for the event. 

Also, check out University Relations' article about the fall 2016 Hebocon.

Official Guidelines:

- The winner pushes the loser out of a small rectangular “ring” (e.g., 0.5m by 1m), or remains standing after the opponent has fallen over.
- Expensive or technologically advanced entries are SHAMED!
- Robots should be able to move forward, however meekly.
- If several minutes (e.g., 2-3 min) elapses with no clear winner, a coin flip will determine which robot advances in the tournament.
- The tournament shall be single-elimination style.
- Side matches among eliminated robots are totally encouraged.
- Robots can be remote controlled, either wired or wireless. Anything approaching intelligent automaton status (e.g., automatic response to sensor data) will be severely penalized for its naked ambition.
- Prizes will be awarded to the tournament victor, but also, as the judges see fit, for extraordinary creativity or crappiness.