Marvelous Machines

More than 75 students from across California recently participated in the 8th Annual International Autonomous Robotics Competition (iAROC). The competition was hosted by The League of Amazing Programmers at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. Eighteen teams programmed Roomba-like robots to compete in a series of races, challenges, and mazes without any human intervention. The challenges covered a range of difficulties, catering to the skill levels of the 10- to 18-year-old contestants who had anywhere from a few months to several years of programming experience. This year’s first place team took home $1,000. The second place team took home $500 and third place received $250. New to the competition this year was the iAROC costume contest. Teams sported costumes ranging from colorful jester hats to customized t-shirts for a chance to become the first-ever iAROC Team Spirit Champions. For more information on The League of Amazing Programmers and the annual iAROC visit