Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Youth B.O.T.?
A: Youth B.O.T. is a an organization that produces a fun robotics competition for high school students. Our mission is to inspire our youth to build a better future through fun, educational, hands-on learning. Our games incorporate engineering, technology and mathematics in a practical manner. Students are challenged annually to design and build a robotic that will compete against other local teams in a new game that is revealed every November.
Q: Who can join or compete in Youth B.O.T.?
A: Any high school can form a team. Each team must have a least two students and 1 mentor. We currently serve Northeast Indiana but have high hopes for expansion.
Q: What do I need to join the competition?
A: Nothing. Youth B.O.T. provides each team with a VEX Robotic kit at no charge.
Q: How many students are allowed on a team?
A: A team must have at least two students but there is no maximum number. However, we suggest a team of ten students or less.
Q: What are the competitions like?
A: Competition day looks like this:
8:30 am -- field set-up.
9:00 am -- robot inspection
9 am through 2 pm -- competition time (with a break for lunch around noon).
Q: Where are the competitions held?
A: Most competitions are held at Ivy Tech (North Campus), Student Life Building, Gymnasium off St. Joe Rd.
Q: Who designs the YBOT Challenge?
A: Local volunteers do everything for Youth B.O.T. and are not associated with any one high school.
Q: What is the YBOT Challenge like?
A: The games can consist of anything. Usually the students are challenged to outscore their opponents by manipulating scoring objects into scoring areas. The games are designed to mimic “real-life” situations.
Q: What resources do I need to be competitive?
A: A VEX kit, simple hand tools, and a big imagination is all that is required. Cost is kept to a minimum and the rules are designed to help keep the playing field even.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Nothing. Youth B.O.T. provides the VEX kit for each team. However, teams may budget a small amount for spare parts and additional hardware.
Q: How many volunteers are needed per team?
A: Only 1 mentor is required for each team.
Q: What kinds of safety measures are there?
A: Safety is our number one priority. Each team member is required to wear safety glasses, tie back long hair and loose clothing, wear closed-toed shoes, and unplug the robot power source before working on the robot. We do not allow any other transmitter or receiver crystals at any competition. The students are also kept a safe distance away from the game field.
Q: How do I become a mentor or volunteer?
A: E-mail Info@youthbot.org for further information.
Q: Does my child need to be on a team in order for me to volunteer?
Q: Whom do I contact for more information?
A: E-mail Info@youthbot.org.
Q: How can I donate or become a sponsor of Youth B.O.T.?
A: E-mail Info@youthbot.org.