The annual MadTown Throwdown Robotics Competition is set to host 29 high school teams from California and one from Texas during a two-day competition scheduled to begin Friday.
The robotics competition is free and open to the public at Madera High School. Teams will practice on Friday and compete on Saturday. The event is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Robots, built and operated by students, compete 3-on-3 in basketball on a flat 27 by 54 feet field. The Rebound Rumble matches last 2 minutes and 15 seconds.
Madera High School’s MadTown Robotics Team 132, which is the only local team, will host the event. Proceeds from concession stand sales and shirts will be donated to help Abby Grace Needham, the 4-year-old daughter of drama teacher Duncan Needham. Abby is battling cancer...