Innovation Machines Rules
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NOTE: The material on this page has been derived from the original LANL BEAM site. An of that page can be foundrules page,which was part of the now defunct
IT SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED that inclusion of these rules as part of the BEAM Wiki does not mean that the event has been part of every BEAM Robotics Competitions nor does it mean that the event will be a part of any current or future BEAM Robotics Competitions
A list of General Rules for the BEAM Robot Game, also from the original LANL BEAM site, can be found > HERE <.
Remember that the listed rules date back to the original LANL BEAM site, and may have been changed considerably for current competitions.
Using robotic principles (or tawdry but eloquent scientific justification), make a brand-new device that serves a not-so-obvious purpose. Competitors will be judged on quality of workmanship, broadness of scope, and weirdness of application.
 Competitor Design Parameters
- Devices must have some sort of self-starting capacity which is derived from a deliberate conversion of electrical power into another form (i.e.: motorized toilets are allowed. Breeze-powered mobiles are not).
- Competitors may be of any size up to where said competitors cannot fit through a normal office door. There is no minimum size restriction.
- Robot Competitors must not deliberately damage, soak, or scratch the presentation display areas, platforms, other competitors, judges, or spectators in any way. The judges will disqualify any competitor they feel represents a danger.
- The device must use only mechanical power, or mechanical power converted from a source of electrical energy. Chemical, compressed gas, nuclear, or combustion power methods are not allowed to run in the competition area, though they will be allowed to run outside if acceptable to the designer(s) and judges. Devices should not be dangerous, threatening, or explosive.
- No point penalties will be allotted if devices must have external power fed to them by tether. Points will be added, however, for fully self-contained (solar, clockwork, perpetual motion) designs.
Devices will be judged on personal interviews with the designers and their displayed machine in operation.
 Also See:
- The BEAM Challenges page, which list a few of the challenges that have been made to by BEAMers on the various
- The Robotics Competitions page, which acts as an index to information about miscellaneous other competitions.