Purdue engineers' robot competes in basketball shooting competition

A group of Purdue Engineers will be playing in their own version of the Final Four this basketball season.

Posted: Mar 27, 2019 3:12 PM
Updated: Mar 27, 2019 3:13 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- A group of Purdue engineers will be playing in their own version of the Final Four this basketball season.

The Bot Shot competition features schools from around the country, and Purdue's team will be competing against three other schools in a game of HORSE.

The winning team's bot will play a game of HORSE against NBA star David Robinson and receive a prize of $10,000.

Purdue Junior, Matthew Nichols, is a part of the robotics team who built the robot. He shared how difficult it was to build the robot, but how it provided his team with a unique engineering experience.

“We got essentially a box full of all these components. And they don't tell you how to build these things,” explained Nichols. “No one really builds basketball shooters. So you like have to design these from the ground up.”

He said he's most enjoyed the competition aspect of the project.

“Just being able to compete is always really the most fun part,” Nichols said. “Being able to travel and actually test your skills against other colleges is always probably the most fun part about these projects."

Purdue's team and its robot will fly out to Minneapolis on April 7th for the competition.

Visit the contest website to check out the other robots competing in the competition.

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