I'm working on a documentary on high school BattleBots. I've been following multiple teams around since August, leading up to the National Championship. I'm trying to raise funds to film the championship with a multi camera crew, as well as travel to San Francisco to interview the BattleBot creators and builders.
For those who don't remember, Robot Wars (1998-2004) and BattleBots (1999-2002), were much-hyped game/reality television shows featuring competitions between remote-controlled vehicles designed to look like robots. Contests consisted of massive machines that destroyed each other in entertaining ways. The hype eventually died and the shows were cancelled. What you may not know is that BattleBots spun off a high school league known as BOTSIQ which still exists and attempts to add an educational aspect to the competition. The BOTSIQ championship will be held April 14-18 in Miami, Florida.