The Robotics Club at Iowa State University is focused on bringing the technical knowledge and interest in robotics to students at Iowa State University. We participate in competitions and outreach events at local schools and on the ISU campus. This past year, we've been working closely with a few local elementary schools, and many of our members have volunteered at the FIRST Lego League State Competition held at Iowa State the past few years.
There are two main projects this year: a lower-body exoskeleton suit and a combat robot. ExoSuit provided external support to a person, increasing possible weight lifted and extending the time before physical exhaustion. They're scored on design, an obstacle course, and efficiency. Combat Robots is currently looking for a local competition with options within the Featherweight (30 lbs.) weight class. Combat Robots compete against one other robot at a time, winning points by being aggressive, causing damage, playing defense, or simply being the last bot running. In addition, we've been hosting Hang Out and Learn (HAL) this year. It provides new members with a chance to explore various topics in robotics and learn skills and tips from returning members.
Since we've had such an enormous uptick in interest in robotics this year, we need your help to support our members and make this our most successful year yet! Donations help us pay for materials, manufacturing costs, and travel expenses for our expanding teams. We're also looking to construct a collapsing safety cage to test our designs in a secure environment.
If you're still curious about our club, please check out our website!
We're also on Twitter @ISU_Robotics!