Robotics technology has come a long way since "Battlebots," a fact proven by a recent fight to the death between cyber-gladiators built by high school students.
The National Robotics League National Competition pits robots in a destruction-driven-faceoff inside a ring surrounded by bullet-proof glass, in a battle meant to prepare American students for manufacturing jobs in the 21st century.
The robots are mostly low to the ground and wield destructive weapons such as spinning metal blades that could slice the competition in half. The rough and tumble nature of the battle is all good, fairly clean, fun, of course.
The middle and high school students design their killer robots with the assistance of the National Tooling and Machining Association, which founded the league in 2007.