Google Robot Team Building Event
A Google robot team building event in Palo Alto was a huge success with team “Wing Nut” winning the build competition with a time of 29:53! About 35 people participated in our Robot Battles 1 team building – making 7 teams competing. Our venue was the onsite lunch room which was mostly vacated due to transitional back-to-the-office population numbers. We shared this beautiful space with about a dozen actual food eaters/onlookers, who mostly became fans of one of the battle robots.
The build times were robust with almost every team finishing below 45 minutes, and three teams finishing below 35 minutes! The Wing-Nuts time of 29:53 placed them 24th all-time! Congratulations!!!
The battles were my favorite part. They were very active, fierce and skilled, with multiple flips including some advanced level maneuvers. An advanced level maneuver includes flipping the robot in non-standard ways such as using the balloon attack arm to grab and flip the robot. In this battle I saw the very rare, side arm grab and flip, completed successfully. Essentially flipping a robot from the side of the robot using a whipping motion with the attack arm.
In addition we saw a double flip – one robot flipping two robots at the same time! The final last-bot-standing battle came down to the two best battle teams; “Wing Nuts” and “Robotic Aviators” for the victory. Although Wing-Nuts had an advantage through-out the battles, Robotic Aviators made up the difference by pushing the Wing Nuts out of the arena for a decisive battle win!
All teams had great moments during the battles with high scoring rounds that led to dozens of balloons popped and multiple robot flips. The robots survived (barely) to the final battle – a nod to great craftspersonship!
Thank you to Google for inviting us to join your teammates from around the world for an exciting and memorable robot building and battling team building.