NAME: Bucky
    AKA: The Waffle Bot
    YEAR: 2003

  • Ranking:

    Southern California Regional:

    28 out of 58
  • Drivetrain:

    Chain Drive
    4 wheel drive
    Pneumatic tire wheels
    2 proto-CIM motors, each driving 2 wheels
  • Mechanism:

    Pneumatic Cylinder Driven
    "Waffle" Box Ramming Device
  • Software and Control

    Language: pBASIC
    Driver interface: Dual Flight Joysticks
    Tank Drive Controls
  • Autonomous function:

    Follow a line and make a u turn
    Reliability: 100%


  • Stack Attack

    The game is played on a 54-foot long by 24-foot wide playing field. A 2-foot high platform that is 4-feet wide by 12-feet long is located across the center of the field. The platform is accessed from each of its long sides by ramps that are 8 feet long. Two alliances of two teams each compete in each match. Each team consists of a human player, two driver/operators, and a coach. A match consists of a 10-second Human Player Period, a 15-second Autonomous Control Period, and a 1 minute and 45 second Remote Control Period. The object of the game is to acquire and stack plastic storage containers that are initially located on the platform or placed on the playing field by human players. Each alliance must place containers in a scoring zone on its own side of the field to score points. The total number of points earned depends on the count of containers located in each alliance’s scoring zone multiplied by the number of containers in their highest stack. Additional points are awarded for any robot that is positioned on the top of the platform at the end of the match.
  • Watch the Game Animation here.


    The name "Bucky" comes from the maneuvering characteristics of this robot. After using high traction Pneumatic tires on this 4 wheel drive robot, every turn did not look like a smooth rotation. Instead the robot bucked and jumped as it forced itself to turn on wheels that had no interest in sliding on the field carpet. This is also the first year tht the match included an autonomous mode. Current team mentor David was on the team as a student at the time and wrote the very successful autonomous code for this robot.

    Thank you to former team dad, Paul Richter, for finding this and other pictures from 2003. Also thank you to Current Mentors David and Alfredo for providing the information on this robot of the past.