UTICA, N.Y - SUNY POLY was busy as robotic engineers converged onto the campus for the weekend's First Robotics Competition.
Thousands of students and mentors from all over the country participated in the competition. A team from Turkey traveled to the United States to compete in this competition.
"The hardest fun that you'll ever have, that's one of the first tag lines. These are the best days where I can be in an environment with these kids who so energetic and so joyful, its the best," said Coordinator Janice Martino.
"When we experience that kind of thing here, it helps our future. I wanna be an engineer and that kind of competition helps us experience stem group work," said Emir Topakci from Turkey.
The contestants only had 6 weeks to build their robots from scratch. Both the arena and the challenge changes each year that the event is held.
This year, each of the teams had to have their robots get as many of the orange balls in the nets as possible. What added to the challenge was the engineers operating the robots were blind for a certain period of time. This simulates a sand storm on mars.
"You really have to know your stuff and it can be hard at times," said Matthew Nerber.
The grand prize for the team that wins the weekend's competition is an opportunity to travel to the world championships in Detroit in April.
50 matches were completed throughout the day Saturday. Finals will kick off at the field house on Sunday at 1:30 PM.