The Cedar Falls Robotics team showed off a creation on Sunday afternoon that they hope can bring them some good fortune.
The team of ninth and tenth graders from the Cedar Falls school district showed off their nearly completed competition robot at an open house, demonstrating what the robot can do. It's designed to pick up and shoot a basketball.
The students designed it with advice from local engineers. Local businesses helped fund its construction.
"We get the rules every year in January for the game, so every year the game changes and the robot has to be built from scratch anew every year. So we have a lot of discussions about what features we would like to see on the robot and we try to let the students make the final decision on it," said Kenton Swartley, the team's advisor and a Cedar Falls physics teacher.
The 22 students plan to take their robot to two upcoming competitions in Minneapolis and St. Louis.