Category Archives: WCRS

Society Elections

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Mark your calendars, reserve a Saturday Morning:

Elections for the WCRS executive will be held 2014, September 20, at the Aero Space Museum.

Come out and support the Society by adding your input into what we should be doing, and who should be helping organize it.

2014 Games info

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Hello everyone,

Below is the schedule and information for this years games:


** Line Follower **

10:00 am – 11:30am
Line Follower Practice / Build / Tweak
Bring your bot and take some time to practice and tweak any last minute changes at the games!

11:00am – 12:30pm
Round Robin Qualifiers
Competition Starts.  The Choosing of the Final 4.

12:30pm – 1:00pm
Final 4 Showdown!

** Mini Sumo **
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Mini Sumo Practice / Build / Tweak
Bring your bot and take some time to practice and tweak any last minute changes at the games!

3:00pm – 3:30pm
Round Robin Qualifiers
Competition Starts.  The Choosing of the Final 4.

3:30pm – 4:00pm
Final 4 Showdown!


** Outdoor Competition **
10:00am – 1:00pm
Outdoor Challenge Practice / Build / Tweak
Come and enjoy the morning to practice in the outdoor challenge.  We’re giving lots of time to perfect and practice the course.

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Competition starts!  First one to finish wins!

** Robot Show N Shine **
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Come exhibit your creations in the robots area of Maker Faire.  In addition to those on display for the weekend, we’re opening up so that everyone can join in on the excitement, and share stories, experiences and a little show off of your skills!  There will be give-aways during this time as well!


All prizes will be awarded immediately after the competitions.  We also have give-aways for the public which will be given out during the 2 day event, so invite your friends and family down, and they may end up with a robot kit of their own!

Come join us for Maker Faire Calgary!  For additional information, see

Its not too late to enter!  You may still enter the games!  Registration is free this year, and includes full maker privileges.

Enter here:

Register and Win!

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Hello Everyone,

Exciting news for all Robot Makers!

If you haven’t heard, the 2014 Robot Games are joining this year’s Maker Faire!  (Read Here)

As an added bonus, Maker Faire has sponsored the Give-Away of a DSO Nano!

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How does one add such an awesome tool their Robot Making arsenal of awesomeness?!?   Simply register your robot in this year’s games before Sept 1 and you will automatically be entered to win!!

Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity.  Your FREE registration includes full maker credentials (which include free parking), free access to the Science Centre, free access to Maker Faire, access to the Maker lounge where free beverages and snacks are always available, and an invitation to the Friday night pre-event festivities.

Charge up your batteries, tweak some code, enter this years games and be entered for a chance to win!

See you there at Maker Faire!

2014 RobotGames

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Attention all Robot Makers!

This is your announcement for the 2014 Western Canadian Robot Games.

With over 20 years of games, we are always looking for new ways to engage the public, and bring together those of us who make robots and robotic creations.

It is with great excitement, that this year will mark our first year bringing the robot games to Calgary’s Maker Faire! This year’s Calgary Maker Faire is being held at the TELUS Spark Science Centre, and is filled even fuller with Maker delight this year.

The format of the games will change slightly as we now have two full days of robot and maker goodness available for us to share in.

WCRG will be running the 3 main events this year; Line Follower, Mini Sumo and the new Outdoor Challenge. WCRS will also be hosting a robot ‘Show ‘N Shine’ Sunday afternoon. Come and see the awesome creations Calgary Makers have to show off!

We also have other opportunities during Maker Faire; we will be hosting a BristleBot build to engage the public, and once again a ‘Learn to Solder’ station that will offer the public the chance to learn to solder for $2.

Competitors:  Dust off and tune up your creations. Register as a competitor for this year’s games and also enjoy free admission to Maker Faire! This year’s games are being sponsored in full, so you will have no fees for entry. You must, however, preregister to take advantage of this sponsorship. Please register here:

The benefits to participants is as follows:
Full Maker Credentials which includes free parking, free access to the Science Centre, free access to Maker Faire, access to the Maker lounge where free beverages and snacks are always available, and an invitation to the Friday night pre-event festivities.

Volunteers:  We do require volunteers to help us out this year, as usual.
We will need help in running the competitions, in running the ‘BristleBot’ and ‘Learn to Solder’ tables, as well as 2 volunteers to just generally help out. Sign up to volunteer here:

All volunteers will receive a Maker Faire t-shirt, meals provided while volunteering, an extra Adult Day Pass to share with friends or family, and a pass for you and a guest to attend the exclusive Maker Meetup & Media Event happening on the Friday evening before Maker Faire.

There will still be prizes awarded to competitors in addition to everything else, so come out, have a great time, and go home with some swag!

We’ll be handing out some commemorative pieces that will award benefits to future games, so make sure to attend!!!

Once again, competitors, register here:
Volunteers, register here:

Lets make this the best games ever, and set the bar even higher for next year!!

Line Follower Rules

Mini Sumo Rules

Outdoor Challenge Rules (New location however!)


Mark Martens

A message from the producers of Maker Faire:
This is a great opportunity for the Robot Games to get the exposure it deserves, and since we are expecting 5000+ visitors to Maker Faire this year we expect the Games will do very well.

Robotics has always been an important part of every Maker Faire globally, so opening up our event to include the games is a no-brainer. It’s simply good for everyone.

This is going to be a great Robot Games and we’re so excited to see what robots you choose to bring.
-Calgary Maker Faire

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Happy New Year!!

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Now that holidays are over, its time to start getting back into what the WCRS is meant to do:


As we finalize the paperwork for 2013, we are looking forward to 2014 as a chance to get back to building, and mentoring others on building robots.


We are also getting ready for the 2014 robot games, and as such our first get-together is due.

We are going to meet up this Wednesday evening at Buffalo Wild Wings (Near Sunridge mall) at 7:00pm.

This is an open invite to all robot builders and tech geeks to come out and share and shape 2014 with the WCRS, and to take part in the planning and execution of this year’s games and other events the WCRS will be participating in.

We need lots of help and assistance to ensure our biggest and best year yet so come on out, enjoy some really good chicken wings, some awesome company, and all things robot!


Call for Maker Faire

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Hi everyone,

The WCRS has a table at this year’s Calgary Mini Maker Faire!

We are looking for a few people to assist, and to represent the WCRS and the WCRG.

We need commitment on volunteers to properly plan this; the day is filled with meeting the public and representing what we do best – ROBOTS!  Capacity for this year’s event is around 1500 people a day, and all attendees are people who have paid admission.

This year’s event is being held at ACAD

If you have an active robot that can withstand a few hours of demonstration, or have a fondness to talk and a cheery attitude, we need you!  We are looking to fill about 4 spots (2 per Day)

We also have an opportunity to host a “Learn to Solder” workshop if we can find extra volunteers to assist.  This is a great workshop and was received extremely well last year.  We would need roughly 2-3 People for this event per day to host and assist patrons.

The event is Saturday 10am-6pm (Sep 14th) and Sunday 10am-5pm (Sept 15th).

Volunteers will be reimbursed a per diem, up to $20 per day of volunteering, to cover parking and lunch expenses.  Please remember to keep your receipts!

Please email me ( hepatus AT gmail DOT com ) with what you can contribute with and/or for, and the final list will be compiled on Saturday Sep 7th.

Thanks everyone,

Mark Martens

–Robot Lover