60 Robotics teams from all over the US and the World (Israel and Brazil) came to Washington DC on March 28-30 to compete in the 5th Annual DC Regional Tournament of the Robotics Competition. This year the robots threw frisbees at three different targets, scoring 1, 2 or 3 points based on difficulty. After 2 minutes the robots were to climb a jungle gym, earning 10 points for each level achieved.
The Championship match was not without drama. In the 1st match of the best-of-three, one of the red team robots tipped over, a rather rare occurrence this year, thus providing the blue team a decisive advantage. In the 2nd match, the red team stormed back as one of the blue team robots experienced a technical difficulty and the team chose to play a robot down in the hopes that their teammate would be repaired to play in the 3rd and decisive match.
The Washington Post was there and ran an article in Monday’s paper. Here’s a link to their photo’s.
You know what is amazing? These were teams of High School students. I am especially proud of my friend Anthony Priest, who set aside his lucrative career to teach inner city kids in Washington DC. He now uses his Engineering degree (and Harvard MBA) to make a difference in the lives of young students who don’t have a clue how much he has sacrificed to serve them.
What are you sacrificing your life for?