Popular Science attends New York's high-school robot showdown and sees celebrities, breakdowns, and mechanical lunacy
By Paul GleasonPosted 03.25.2009 at 10:06 am 8 Comments
It's Friday morning, March 6, not even eight a.m. High school students in color-coordinated outfits stand at ease under the high ceiling of the Javits Center, waiting for the New York City's FIRST Robotics Competition to begin. Over the next three days, sixty six teams will vie for the regional crown and spots in the national tournament, held in the Georgia Dome come April. Some of the schools have mascots. One team's red dragon boogies back and forth in front of another team's Darth Vader. Darth brandishes his light saber.