The West Point BattleBot Competition

Contributing USMA Research Unit(s)

Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Publication Date

Summer 2004

Publication Title

Academic Exchange Quarterly

Document Type



Three cadet teams at the United States Military Academy each design, budget, build, and test a middleweight, non-stomping BattleBot according to the rules of the national competition.[1] In 2003 we emphasized two aspects of this multidisciplinary, hands-on project--the importance of the final competition and project planning as a military operation. We observed three significant results of this change: 1) increased competitiveness and learning; 2) successful introduction of the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP); and 3) learning valuable leadership and teamwork lessons.

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