Reigning champion Madera High School will host dozens of robotics teams from across California this weekend in the school’s fifth annual MadTown Throwdown.
Last year, 30 teams from California and Texas packed the Joe Flores Gym at Madera High for the contest, which placed robots in competitions such as a basketball toss.
Madera High’s Team 1323, the only local robotics team, took home the overall championship and raked in an award for building an impressive and exemplary robot.
This year, the offseason contest — which gives teams more time to design and build their machines — will instead be the “Ultimate Ascent” which starts with a game of Frisbee and then finishes with the robots attempting to climb a pyramid. It will run two days, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday...