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Teenage Robotics Engineers Unleash Their Creations in "Lunacy" Battles [Slide Show]

With the national championship robotics competition less than a month away, 66 teams of young engineers have their bots throw down in New York City

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THE CROWD ROARS:

The crowd cheers on its favorites.....[ More ]

BODYCHECK:

Trapped in the corner, the Robo Cougars's bot takes the brunt of an opponent's motorized ball dump into its trailer.....[ More ]

LUNACY:

The competition is brightly colored and fierce as robots try to collect balls and dump them into the trailers their opponents pull behind them, marked by pink and green posts.....[ More ]

FINAL TUNE-UP:

Science Skills Center High School's Jamel Dennis, age 15, examines his team's temperamental robot before its last round.*     * Correction (3/24/09): This article originally identified Dennis's high school as Brooklyn Tech rather than Science Skills Center High School.....[ More ]

READY TO RUMBLE:

Robots get locked in pushing matches during competition. Here, the "Technobots" robot on the left from Evander Childs High School in the Bronx butts bumpers with Stuyvesant High School's Michael 1.....[ More ]

LAST MINUTE REPAIRS:

Brooklyn's Science Skills Center High School 's robot was crippled before its last competition by a broken chain.* Raymond Castro, age 15 and captain of the Skillz Tech Gear Botz team, first noticed the problem and began repairs that were later completed with Super Glue before the bot took to the field one last time.....[ More ]

HARLEM KNIGHTS:

The rubber tube pulley system was a favored means of scooping spongy balls from the floor and plopping them into opponent's trailers. Featured here is the Harlem Knights's robot from New York City's Frederick Douglass Academy and Rice High School .....[ More ]

ROBO COUGARS:

Robotics rookies from from Essex County Vocational Technical Schools in N.J., the Robo Cougars held their own with a tried-and-simple design. "Building the robot was going to be the most difficult, so we decided to do something simple and it's working so far—it hasn't messed up," says team captain Jorge Garcia, 16, pictured.....[ More ]

RUBBER MATCH:

Seth Berg, 17, of Stuyvesant High School demonstrates the spongy ball delivery system of rubber tubes, a central feature on the school's successful robot, Michael 1, designed by the students using Autodesk Inventor software, then pieced together inside an aluminum frame.....[ More ]

IN THIS CORNER:

Robot Michael 1, built by Stuyvesant High School in New York City, rolls up to the arena.....[ More ]

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