This is done after piloting a robot over obstacles, like a rumbly strip of bumps or a doorway that has to be opened and scurried through. The action plays out on a medieval-themed course.
The goals up high are worth five points. The ones down low are worth three.
“A lot of teams don’t have success with their robots like we do,” said Brandon Holley, the NUTRONs’ very proud head coach.
After earning the top prize at a competition in Arizona, the NUTRONs’ brainy high school robot engineers are competing in their home city this weekend, squaring off with other teams April 1-3 at the Agganis Arena. Next month, they head to the big annual championship in St. Louis.
At their headquarters on Tuesday night, a many-roomed basement engineering lab at Northeastern University, the clock was ticking. Teams are given just six hours total between matches to tinker with their robot. The NUTRONs pulled their bot, which they call “Escape Velocity,” out of a giant plastic bag and got to work.