The BizBots project is a new team-based business and robotics competition designed by the Florida Robotics Alliance. BizBots emphasizes both business acumen and engineering principles by having students design a robotic Pick & Place system for the purpose of fulfilling commercial processing tasks.
The BizBots program is divided into three components. The first is an entrepreneurial/business portion where students will develop a business plan outlining the design, set-up, and implementation of their robotically operated business. Special attention will be paid to each team’s ability to accurately forecast the output potential of their business.
The second component is an introduction to the Engineering Process. Students will become familiar with modern manufacturing CNC equipment and software design tools, as well as proper project management and documentation techniques in the context of developing their Pick & Place robot.
The third and final component is where the students’ hard work and planning culminates in a one day robotics competition. Students will put their business plan and robotic designs to the test by competing in a 16-team event with the goal of producing and delivering commercial product orders.
The video below exhibits a stationary Pick & Place robotic arm developed with the same VEX robotics kit to be used by BizBots participants.
For more BizBots information, contact Ken Fiallos: