February 15, 2007

Robots battle in “The Smackdown in Sactown”

“The Smackdown in Sactown,” a tournament of battling sozbots, is the main event at Sacramento State’s Engineering Expo, from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18. in the University Union Ballroom.

Sozbots, sometimes referred to as antbots, are 16-oz robots. A total of 30 teams of college students and adults from around the country will vie for a cash prize and the Hornet trophy as their robots battle, through a series of elimination rounds, in a Plexiglas arena. Visitors can watch the battle live from stands surrounding the miniature arena, projected onto a large screen or streamed live on the Internet at www.sacbots.org.

“This is a big event for our students, who have organized the entire production,” says Sue Holl, Sacramento State professor of mechanical engineering and faculty advisor to the Engineering Joint Council. “It really highlights some of the imaginative projects in which engineering students are involved.”

In addition to the battling sozbots, the expo will feature demonstrations of other mechanical engineering projects, including: a Formula SAE and mini-Baja race car, a 220 lb. fighting robot and an interactive Lego Mindstorm robot display.

Not to be outdone by the mechanical engineering students, civil engineering students will demonstrate a seaworthy concrete canoe and computer science students will show off their 3-D computer games.

The Engineering Expo is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.sacbots.org. For media assistance, contact the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.