Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Illegal aliens invade with stinky underwater robots

Engadget reports:
Wired has the story of how four students from Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, Arizona, beat some of the best schools in the country, including MIT, to win the national underwater robot championship. The students, who are all undocumented Mexican immigrants, built their robot on the cheap in just three days, using PVC pipe, off-the-shelf electronics and a few tampons. Called “Stinky”, the bot can record sonar pings and retrieve objects 50 feet below the water’s surface. In addition to the top prize, the bot also ended up winning the design and technical writing awards.
This sounds like a set-up for April Fools or wetback jokes. Illegal aliens from Mexico building stinky underwater robots?! Why can't some of this ingenuity be applied towards building a better society in Mexico?

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