Since last August I’ve been following different high school robotics teams in South Florida for the documentary Bots High. These are high school students who build combat robots to compete in the high school division of BotsIQ (the non-profit version of BattleBots, the former TV show) among other robot competitions.
The film follows a few different teams as they design and build their robot, leading up to the National BotsIQ Championship, where the teams’ will battle with their robot to see if they built the best in the nation. Kind of like a science sports movie.
Beneath the surface of all the fun and excitement is major science and engineering learning at play. These are high school students building sophisticated robots and machining the parts themselves. Even more awesome is almost half of the teams in South Florida are all-girls teams.