Events in the International BEAM Robot Games

This list gives general descriptions of each event in the BEAM Robot Olympics. Events are listed in order of increasing complexity (roughly). More detailed information on each event can be found in the rules section.



As in the real Olympics Games, medals and awards will be offered to the first three winners in every category; Gold for first, Silver for second, and Bronze for third. Unlike the real Olympics, however, there is a 4th award for every competition category called the "Lunatic Fringe" award (first invented and presented at the 3rd Artificial Life conference in Santa Fe by Dr. Chris Langton to an anonymous presenter) which awards inginuety in design despite failure or success.

The types of prizes shall be based upon two factors:

(There used to be a third category which took into account the age of the designers, but as we've had so many surprising upsets in past games [i.e.: 10 year olds consistently whupping University Profs in equal competition], we've dropped it. When it is seen to be relevant again, it shall be re-introduced. Until then, all designers shall be considered equally regardless of age, gender, race, species, or reputation).

There are also prizes awarded for all valid and notable, if not winning, robotic competitors. These awards include (but are not limited to):

There is also a single special prize awarded to the youngest participant who submits a valid entry. The entrant will be asked to describe their robot design and construction plans in reasonable detail, to demonstrate his or her level of understanding.

As well, any Robot Olympic records made by competitors shall be kept track of from competition to competition.

Prizes in the past have ranged from complete Motorola Development Systems to laptop computers to portable compact disc players (which can provide key parts to robotic enthusiasts). Cash awards are not guarenteed, although travel and accomodation assistance is available for long-distance travelers