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April 07, 2017

WATCH: Sumobots to wrestle in South Jersey

Rowan engineering group stages a robot smackdown Saturday

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Rowan University is hosting a sumo robot wrestling competition on Saturday, free and open to the public.

Engineering doesn’t need to be boring.

Here’s proof: Rowan University is hosting a robot sumo wrestling competition Saturday.

The public is invited. And it is free!

Rowan’s chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is hosting more than 300 students from 30 universities across the Mid-Atlantic, according to Jacob Culleny, an IEEE rep who is a junior electrical and computer engineer.

While there are the standard professional geek electrical elements to the IEEE conference – ethics, automation, physics, tech start-ups – let’s face it, what we all really want to see is the bot smackdown.

Sumobot wrestling, also known as robot-sumo, is a sport in which two robots attempt to push each other out of a circle (in a similar fashion to the sport of sumo).

Practice wresting begins as early as 8 a.m., but the real deal is at 1 p.m. in Room 140 of the Engineering Hall.

The entire schedule is here.