'Rescue robots' compete in disaster scenarios

DARPA Robotics Challenge held at Homestead-Miami Speedway


HOMESTEAD, Fla. – More than a dozen "rescue robots" competed in simulated disasters at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Seventeen teams from the United States, China, Japan, and Korea competed in the DARPA Robotics Challenge on Friday.

"This has been wonderful. I was able to group of students today from our engineering program to see how excited they are," said Melissa Fernandez, a teacher MAST Academy. "It's amazing to see the robots, it's amazing to see the technology that's being developed."

The competition consists of the robots completing eight different tasks, each related to assisting humans when natural and manmade disasters strike.

"The idea is basically if there is a natural disaster, we would send in robots instead of people to go rescue," said Matt DeDonato.

The competition ends Saturday. Admission is free.