Connecting work in the paint with work in the field

Land O'Lakes Bot Shot pushes the boundaries of robotics

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As you may have heard, Land O’Lakes, Inc. is hosting Land O’Lakes Bot Shot with students from four universities competing for a $10,000 grand prize during a live event in Minneapolis. The students from the “final four” schools have designed and built robots to shoot basketballs and square off in a game of “H-O-R-S-E” on Sunday, April 7, at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis.

 The Bot Shot Finalists

  • University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities

  • Purdue

  • South Dakota State University

  • University of Wisconsin -- Madison

From initial skills tests to a game of H-O-R-S-E -- and ultimately the chance to challenge Hall of Famer David Robinson -- these teams will demonstrate how innovative thinking, team dynamics and applied learning are pushing the boundaries of robotics.

Why Bot Shot?

Over the decades, basketball has moved from peach baskets and three-man weaves to spreadsheets and science. So has agriculture. As technology infiltrates everything, the threads between sports and farming get stronger -- uniting work in the paint with work in the field.
The connections are important. The evolution of robotics and machine learning in one arena will influence performance and success in another. If today’s college students can teach a robot to sink a bank shot from half court, imagine how their brainpower can influence satellite imagery and soil maps for better crop management or improve the robots used for the care and milking of dairy cows.

Event Details:

  • Cost: Free and open to the public

  • Date: April 7, 2019

  • Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

  • Location: DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis. 1 De La Salle Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55401

In town? Members can register for Bot Shot here.