The BattleBots TV show ran for five series between 2000 and 2002 and was show, bizarrely, on the Comedy Central channel. In the show, teams had to build their own remote-controlled "robots" which would then compete in an arena known as the BattleBox. The BattleBox contained a variety of "hazards" to make life more difficult for the bots - and more fun for the spectators!
Although the TV show is longer being made, BattleBots remain popular. There has been a variety of merchandise available to buy including toys, video games and DVDs. In 2002 BattleBots even made it into MacDonald's "Happy Meals".
BBIQ is an educational programme that includes a curriculum based on MIT methodology, teacher training and a national competition.