Media advisory

BattleBot video opportunity

Chopstick robot vs.
Invisible saw

Who: BattleBots (remotely controlled “armed” and armored machines built by engineering students at Washington University in St. Louis).

What: The fall 2010 BattleBots Battle Royale, sponsored by the campus chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Two three-pound robots will try to pulverize one another in three-minute matches. The last robot still functioning wins and goes on to fight another round. In the event both robots survive, the judges assign points for aggression, strategy and damage, and the robot with the highest score wins.

Where: Umbauer Hall, Room 113, on the Danforth Campus of Washington University

When: Round One: 2:30 5 p.m.. Thursday, Dec. 9
Round Two: 2:30–5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14

Why: Modern technology and engineering design at its best but doing its worst. The Washington University cops of BattleBits was designed, built and trained over the previous semester by undergraduates enrolled in an introductory mechanical engineering course. This month the BattleBots will be set loose upon on another in an epic and time-honored battle of machine against machine.

Contact Diana Lutz at (314) 935-5251 or Richard Marcus, president of the student chapter of ASME, at (972) 935-3211 if you will be covering this event.