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Rules Finalized for Bot Brawl 17

Rules for Bot Brawl 17 have been finalized.  The changes made were minor.  Our goals was to loosen up some areas and get rid of ambiguities in other areas.  Rules can be found on the “Bot Brawls” page.  Just click on the event you are interested in.

June 21, 2017 at 10:10 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

Bot Brawl 17 Antweight and Beetleweight Categories All Full

For Bot Brawl 17 both the Antweight and Beetleweight categories for our RC competition are full!  We limited these events to 20 entrants each.  This is done so that we can get all events completed in a timely fashion.  At this time there are no plans to expand the number of entrants.  If you would like to get on a wait list, please email Bruce Stott at  I will put names on a list in case people cancel or we somehow find more room to allow more entrants.  I will need the robot name, weight class, and valid email address.  If a slot opens up, I will contact people in order to see if they are still interested and able to compete.

There is still room in the sumo and line events.  We suggest registering early.

For those that did register already.  If for some reason you know that you will not be able to make our Bot Brawl 17, please cancel your registration so that we can allow someone else to compete.  Thank you!

April 13, 2017 at 8:26 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

Bot Brawl 17 will be August 12, 2017

The date is set for Bot Brawl 17!!  It will be on August 12, 2017 at the Peoria Civic Center as part of the Midwest MakerFest as part of Ignite Peoria.  The events we plan on having are the 1 lb (Ant) & 3 lb (Beetle) RC Combat, the 500g (Mini) & 3 kg (Mega) Sumo, the Line Follow & Maze, and Checkers on a Sumo Ring.  The exact times for each event still need to be determined.  We may add or remove some events.  If you would like a particular event that is not listed and you would think it good to add, email the club at  If we don’t get enough people pre-registered for an event, we will not hold that event.  So, please register early at  Rules for each event can be found on our Bot Brawls page.  We look forward to seeing you there!!

March 24, 2017 at 12:20 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

Meeting Location Is Changing!

The club meeting location will be moving from AutonomouStuff to River City Labs for the foreseeable future starting for the March 2017 general meeting!  This will give CIRC and RCL a chance to collaborate more easily.  Meetings will stay on Wednesdays.  The monthly general club meetings will continue to be the second Tuesday of the month and start at 5:00 PM.  The Wheel-E build meetings will continue to be scheduled as time and interest abounds.

Many thanks to AutonomouStuff for hosting the meetings for so long!!!  It’s very much appreciated!

Address:  River City Labs, 1213 SW Adams St, Downtown Peoria, IL 61602

Parking is along the street.  The meeting will be on the second floor.

March 6, 2017 at 5:55 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

Engineering Day 2017 and CIRC

We had a fun, exciting, and long day at Peoria Riverfront Museum as part of Engineering Day.  The event lasted from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  Different organizations, clubs and companies put on interactive displays to expose and excite children about engineering.  We brought our line following and maze solving table, sumo ring, 3D printers, and bots to share with people.  Quite a few people came by our display in the main lobby to ask questions.  The kids got a kick out of watching Mike’s line maze solving bot learning the line maze course and driving the shortest route to the end.  The 3D printers got lots of questions.  There were lots of questions regarding how to get started.



February 20, 2017 at 6:48 pm | Community, Uncategorized | No comment

CIRC at Engineering Day February 19, 2017

CIRC invites you to come down to the Riverfront Museum in Peoria,IL, for a free day at the museum on Sunday, February 19, 2017.  The museum will be hosting Engineering Day all day long, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  Admission is free!  Different organizations, groups and companies will be presenting interactive displays.  Engineers from the Illinois Valley Branch of ASCE will be running a bridge contest for students from the area.  CIRC will be displaying different hobby robotic events and projects that the club is involved in.  People will be allowed to tour the museum.  This is a great opportunity.  We look forward to seeing you there.

February 15, 2017 at 10:31 pm | Community, Uncategorized | No comment

February 8 Meeting Moved to February 15

The monthly meeting for February 2017 was moved from the 8th to the 15th.  It will be at the usual time and place, 5:00 PM at AutonomouStuff.  We did this because of the snow and people having conflicts.  Some months are just like that.

As always, non-members are welcomed!  The meeting format is show and tell followed by business.  People are encouraged to bring in projects that they want to share during show and tell.  No one has to stay for the business part of the meeting.  We hope to see you there.

February 8, 2017 at 3:47 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

Monthly meeting schedule for 2017

We’ve decided to keep having our monthly meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for 2017. Meetings are from 5:00 PM to ~7:00 PM at AutonomouStuff, 306 Erie Ave., Morton, IL. Here is the schedule through the end of 2017:

January 11, 2017
February 8, 2017
March 8, 2017
April 12, 2017
May 10, 2017
June 14, 2017
July 12, 2017
August 9, 2017
September 13, 2017
October 11, 2017
November 8, 2017
December 13, 2017
January 10, 2018

Thank you to AutonomouStuff for allowing us to host our meetings at your business!!

January 4, 2017 at 6:44 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

Eleventh Annual UNI MiniSumo Smackdown

The organizers of the UNI MiniSumo Smackdown have once again invited members of CIRC, as well as anyone on the planet, to compete in their mini sumo competition to be held on April 22, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the University of Northern Iowa’s Student Union Hemisphere Lounge.  The unique nature of this contest is that competitors can mail their robot entrants to the organizers and they will assign someone to operate the robot as per the owner’s instructions.  Pretty cool, you don’t have to even be there, which is nice on the budget.  The only downside is that the owner does not get to see their robot cream the competition.  Another upside is that the owner does not get to see their robot get creamed by the competition.  I guess it depends on how you look at it.  🙂  But, if you want, you can take your robot there and compete in person so that you get the full experience.  It is up to you.

Here is a link to the site with the announcement.

February 24, 2016 at 10:31 am | Uncategorized | No comment

New Meeting Schedule

We’ve decided to have our monthly meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of the month until further notice. Meetings are from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at AutonomouStuff, 306 Erie Ave., Morton, IL. Here is the schedule through the end of 2016:

October 14, 2015
November 11, 2015
December 9, 2015
January 13, 2016
February 10, 2016
March 9, 2016
April 13, 2016
May 11, 2016
June 8, 2016
July 13, 2016
August 10, 2016
September 14, 2016
October 12, 2016
November 9, 2016
December 14, 2016

October 6, 2015 at 8:14 am | Uncategorized | No comment

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