Combat Robotics at Berkeley competes on the TV show BattleBots (HBO Max, Discovery), where 250 lb robots fight to the death in a tournament style bracket! We've represented Berkeley students on the show for 2 seasons with our robot Glitch, and need your help to do it again!
Glitch Team Celebrating After Making it into the BattleBots Tournament of Champions Since the team's founding in 2020, we have quickly made opportunities for our members, building 14 robots in 3 years, 5 for BatttleBots and 9 for regional competitions. We truly believe that this quick design cycle, as well as the creative freedom of combat robots, has truly given our members some of the best hands on experience there is. Not just in engineering, but also in creative problem solving, teamwork, and dedication (countless all nighters!).
We love competing at combat robotics events since there's an intensity that comes with needing to repair your robot before the next fight. The team has learned tons from the diverse group of competitors, from seasoned engineers to hobbyists who have a knack for hands on building. It has been an essential experience for our careers and we hope to extend this opportunity to as many Berkeley students as we can!
New Member Program
CRB's First New Member ClassOur team supports around 20 members each year in our new member program. Experience members help teach them about combat robots, engineering skills, and we fund their 15 lb combat robot for an annual competition! Our team strongly believes in this program, since allows new members with no experience to contribute, and gives the teams creative control of their own robot!
How Your Support Will Help!
Glitch's 60 lb Tool Steel Weapon Cracked After a FightUnfortunately combat robots can be expensive, and destructive matches lead to a lot of broken parts! We plan on dedicating any crowdfunding support to these 3 categories:
$1000 - Brushless Motors: Large brushless motors in combat robotics can cost up to $1000. High performance is key in quickly spinning up our weapon, which stores roughly the same amount of energy as a motorcycle on the freeway!
$1000 - Motor Speed Controllers: One of the most fragile elements of combat robots are the electronic motor controllers, but they are also the most key. After breaking a lot of controllers at fights in BattleBots Season 7, we need to rebuild our stock.
$3000 - New Member Program: We support all of our new member teams with the funds to create their own combat robot! It gives them the opportunity to have full creative and decision making control of their own bot, which is a rare experience for new members in an engineering club.