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Posted on May 16, 2017

Winning teams

The National Robotics League provided this list of winning teams:

Craftsman Rumble winner: Admiral Peary H.S., Crusader

Coolest Bot: Beaumont H.S., Stabor II

Best Sportsmanship: Punxsutawney H.S., Galacto

Best Engineering Documentation: Hempfield Area H.S., ELI

Best Engineered Bot: Pine-Richland H.S., RAMbo

3D Printing Award: Admiral Peary H.S., Crusader

3rd Place: Cochranton H.S., Reaper

2nd Place: Carnegie Mellon University, Disko

1st Place & Grand Champion: Hempfield Area H.S., ELI

National Robotics League National Competition National Robotics League logo
Opening ceremony: 7 p.m. May 19
Saturday bouts: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 20
Cal U Convocation Center 

Robots roll in from across the United States when Cal U hosts the National Robotics League (NRL) national competition.

The league’s teams face off May 19-20 in the Convocation Center.

Each has proven its mettle in NRL-sanctioned competition. Now the high school, homeschool and college competitors vie for the Grand Champion trophy and $500 prize, a $1,000 Solidworks Best Engineering Documentation Award, and other honors.

All events are free and open to the public.

Who’s participating? See the teams.

Schedule highlights

On Friday, May 19, students complete required safety, documentation and team interviews. Double-elimination bouts begin Friday night and continue on Saturday, May 20.

Friday’s events include the Craftsman Rumble, featuring nearly a dozen pre-selected teams. Each team received a $2,500 Craftsman grant for their school to spend on tools used in building their robot. Multiple ’bots enter the arena during two rumbles; the winners then face off, one-on-one, to win a $5,000 Craftsman grant to purchase more tools.

Friday, May 19

  • Opening ceremony: 7 p.m.
  • First-round bouts: 7:30 p.m.
  • Craftsman Rumble: 9:30 p.m.


  • Double-elimination bouts: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Awards ceremony: 6:30 p.m.

See the complete schedule

Events are streamed live during the national competition. Get links to video 

About the National Robotics League

A program of the National Tooling and Machining Association, the National Robotics League provides a national structure for educational robotics programs where students design and build remote-controlled robots to face off in a gladiator-style competition.

Manufacturers support the National Robotics League because its “wow factor” helps to overcome two of the industry’s greatest challenges — to attract the best and brightest manufacturing careers and to align public perception of manufacturing with today’s clean, high-tech, advanced facilities. 

Students like it because it’s fun, and because they develop STEM-focused skills that prepare them for employment or give them a head-start on higher education. Competitors meet deadlines, use CAD software and test the feasibility of their designs. The “pit crew” uses critical thinking skills to troubleshoot and repair a robot after a hard-fought battle.

Most first-year teams spend less than $1,500 to build their robot. Entry fees for competitions average $50 per robot, making the competition affordable and accessible to most schools.

About the prizes

NRL teams complete stringent engineering and detailed documentation requirements and face-to-face interviews with NRL officials to determine points toward the Grand Champion title.  

The Grand Champion Trophy and $500 prize goes to the team with the highest combined score. 

First-place, second-place, third-place, Best Engineering, Best Documentation and Best Team Presentations awards also will be presented, and Best Sportsmanship, Coolest Robot and People’s Choice winners will be recognized.   

Come watch the ’bots

The National Robotics League national competition is free, and community members are invited to enjoy this family-friendly event.

Cal U is easy to reach via major highways and toll Route 43. Parking is available on campus.

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