A team of students representing two Department of Defense schools in Europe competed this week in an international game of robotic moon ball in Las Vegas.
The robotics clubs of Wiesbaden High School in Germany and AFNORTH International School in Belgium participated in a regional FIRST Robotics Contest.
Teams were given a box of raw materials and six weeks to engineer and construct a sophisticated robot to play a game of Lunacy — a type of "moon ball" named after this year’s 40th anniversary of the moon landing, according to information from Wiesbaden High School officials.
The game involves manipulating and transporting game pieces while trying to score against one’s opponent. The 120-pound robots alternately operate according to preprogrammed instructions and by team operators using radio control.
The final round, scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday, can be viewed here.