/> ED I T O R S C H O I C E IN N O V A T IO N A W A R D
X

Photos: BattleBots duke it out

Sparks fly, literally, at the high-tech, twisted-metal robot engineering competition for college students.

img-4770
James Martin
0425099of11.jpg
1 of 12 James Martin

BattleBots at Mare Island

Teams of college students from around the country shipped their robots in these crates to Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, Calif., where they gathered last week for the BattleBots Collegiate Championship event. Having spent hundreds of hours, and in some cases, thousands of dollars, participants showcased their mad scientist skills and sent their heavy metal robots into combat against some incredibly dangerous and destructive machines.

Disclosure: CNET News is published by CBS Interactive, a unit of CBS. CBS College Sports Network is airing the BattleBots Collegiate Championship.

Editors' note: this gallery has been edited since publication to eliminate spoiler information.

0425095of11.jpg
2 of 12 James Martin

BattleBots arena

Thick Plexiglas surrounds the BattleBots arena, protecting spectators from the flying shrapnel torn from robots during the battles (and making it quite challenging to take clear photos.)
04250911of11.jpg
3 of 12 James Martin

Sparks during attack

The heaviest weight category is the 220-pound class. These robots are some of the most fierce and destructive. Spinning disks made of steel quickly shred the unprotected opponent.
04250910of10.jpg
4 of 12 James Martin

Stinger

Team Plumbcrazy estimates it spent $3,000 building "Stinger: The Killer Bee."
0425096of11.jpg
5 of 12 James Martin

BattleBots arena

Inside the battle zone, Team Plumbcrazy takes a final look at Stinger before the start of its first match Friday afternoon against SubZero.
0425092of11.jpg
6 of 12 James Martin

Arena clock

When you're up against the power of some of these destructive machines, a three-minute match can seem like eternity. After pushing the button to signal your readiness and to start the match, that same button serves as a signal to surrender.
0425093of11.jpg
7 of 12 James Martin

Grinding metal

Outside at the grinding area, teams make repairs to robots torn apart during battles.
0425091of11.jpg
8 of 12 James Martin

Stuck on the grinders

In addition to the spinning and shredding weapons mounted on the robots themselves, teams can also cause damage by pushing the opposing bots into shredders mounted on the walls of the gaming floor.
_MG_0241.jpg
9 of 12 James Martin

Woz at BattleBots

Apple's Steve Wozniak is in attendance at the BattleBots event Friday, taking a look at the students' vicious engineering.
0425097of11.jpg
10 of 12 James Martin

Safety first

Safety is a top concern at the event, with the robots outfitted with protective mechanisms and kill switches to make sure they don't go haywire.
0425098of11.jpg
11 of 12 James Martin

Welding outside

With sparks flying, a few extra welds are needed to repair a steel frame before the second match.
0425094of11.jpg
12 of 12 James Martin

Sparks

When BattleBots Collegiate Championship airs in early August on CBS College Sports, robotics fans worldwide will get to see the loud, crushing results of this mechanical engineering warfare.

More Galleries

The best games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The best games on Nintendo Switch

41 Photos
Global 2022 Ford Ranger gets stronger styling, more infotainment tech

More Galleries

Global 2022 Ford Ranger gets stronger styling, more infotainment tech

7 Photos
The new Kia Niro crossover has a lot more style

More Galleries

The new Kia Niro crossover has a lot more style

8 Photos
Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

More Galleries

Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

67 Photos
2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

More Galleries

2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

65 Photos
The 2022 Kia Stinger 2.5T is a lovely liftback

More Galleries

The 2022 Kia Stinger 2.5T is a lovely liftback

40 Photos
The 51 best VR games

More Galleries

The 51 best VR games

53 Photos