State tournament time always brings out the best in high school competition. However, on Saturday robots rather than athletes created the edge-of-your-seat drama. The third annual state robotics competition took place at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.
It’s machine vs. machine when the Midwest Robotics League returns to the Mall of America for its 2014 regional competition this weekend. The completion features 15-pound robots battling each other in an arena in three-minute matches.
The brightest minds at the State Fair on Friday could be found in the back corner of the Education Building showing off their 100-pound made-from-scratch robots. Precocious ingenuity collided with full-on nerdery at the High School Robotics Competition as the science class savants from Mahtomedi, Becker and Fergus Falls showed off what six weeks of electrical engineering, innovative 3-D printers and zealous ambition can spawn.
About 120 High School teams are competing at the University of Minnesota. The star of each team is a robot — weighing up to 150 pounds.
Scientists from around the world are in St. Paul this week for the annual Robotics and Automation Conference. The conference is not open to the public, but WCCO-TV got a peek.
There is another big basketball tournament this weekend, and the players are all robots.
Robots may be able to help humans with sleep apnea sleep easier.
Thursday at the Minnesota State Fair is not just Thrifty Thursday. It’s also a time to celebrate creativity and science.