Theeey're oouuuut. http://newyorkscioly.org/SOPages/cstate2009.htmlSumo-bots is a very fun event, but unfortunately, schools without a lot of money rarely win. I say rarely because last year we didnt spend a whole lot on it, were completely surprised when it made the finals, and then flat-out shocked when we won first.
I'll probably cut myself some slack; I've got only Sumo Bots and EV as definites for me. If I just focus on those, I have a much better chance of doing really well. I kind of want to finish my last year with some extra medals. I have either Trajectory or JYC (who knows? NY probably won't have it) as a maybe, but I don't plan on playing major roles in those.
Sumo Bots is very easy (and cheap) to get into compared to Ramble, but much harder (and expensive) to win at. It's very picky about design and parts choices, and can't be improvised and slowly added to like Ramble can be. My 2007 bot looked like this, just in case anybody has seen it before:
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