Robots compete in Mechatronic Blue-Gold game

The Blue-Gold game is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, but the Notre Dame campus was home to a different type of football game Friday night—one played by robots.

Fans watched on in the Stepan Center for the fifth annual Mechatronic Blue-Gold game.

Students from the University of Notre Dame, IUPUI, and IUFW divided into teams to design and build robots to compete in the gridiron fight. The robots fulfilled typical positions like linemen, running backs, wide receivers, quarterbacks and kickers.

Organizers say the game is a way for engineering students to show off their skills to the community in hopes of inspiring more people to enter into the sciences.

“It's a great way to show little kids the fun they can have doing engineering and computer science. It's a competitive environment. These kids have been working for weeks and weeks to build and program these robots. They want to win, and they want to put on a good show and encourage young people to go into science and technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Associate Professor, Jim Schmiedeler.

The mechanical athletes were about the size of desktop printers, but they managed to pull off many of the moves of human players, like interceptions.


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