College of Science and Engineering, March 4, 2019
The Land O’Lakes Bot Shot competition challenges students to design and build a robot that can shoot basketballs, pitting collegiate robotics teams against each other for the chance to win a $10,000 prize. After a virtual qualifying round in which the students showcase their robot’s abilities to shoot from different areas on the court, judges choose four finalist teams to compete in a live game of H-O-R-S-E. This year it was held on Sunday, April 7 in Minneapolis.
University of Minnesota Robotics, formerly known as GOFIRST, is one of seven collegiate teams in the contest.
Founded in 2009, the student team participates in several competitions throughout the year, building everything from an autonomous snowplow to a NASA robot that can function on Mars.