A major robotics competition featuring some of the smartest young people in the country culminates in the U.S. national championship this weekend in Sunnyvale.
Throughout the summer, communities across the country have hosted local competitions to winnow down the field to 100 remaining teams. The remaining teams – two or three students with a coach – will face off Sunday, September 15th, in Sunnyvale hoping to win a spot in November’s World Robotics Olympiad in Hungary.
There are four categories of competition – Regular, Open, Football, and ARC (Advanced Robotics Challenge) – each with varied age brackets.
Participants at Sunday’s events in Sunnyvale range from ages 8-19, and this year’s theme is ‘Smart Cities.’ The theme aims to bring awareness to the need for “cities with more efficient processes, green energy and innovative concepts for all parts of our life,” according to the association’s website.
Two of the teams competing at this year’s U.S. Championships are from Cupertino.
If you want to see these amazing robotic creations in practice, the building starts Sunday at 9:00 a.m. with judging commencing at 11 a.m.
The Juniper Aspiration Dome, 1081 Innovation Way, in Sunnyvale will host the competition.