Robots designed and built by Caltech undergraduate students will battle in head-to-head competition on Thursday, March 8, in what has been dubbed "The Conquest of Millikan Islands," this year's ME 72 Engineering Design Contest. Setup for the contest, which has become a popular event in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science, begins at 1 p.m. at Millikan Pond, and the competition is scheduled to begin around 2 p.m.
Last Thursday, the area around Millikan Library saw quite a bit of action. Parachuting eggs drifted down from the top of the nine-story building, and boats and bots battled it out in Millikan Pond. No, they weren't more legendary Caltech pranks—they were final projects for engineering classes.
On Sunday, 19 Techers donned red shirts emblazoned with a lightning bolt—the symbol for the superhero speedster Flash—and joined roughly 7000 people running this year's Rock 'n' Roll Pasadena Half Marathon.
When Giulio Rottaro elected to take a year off from his physics studies at Caltech to teach kids with special needs in rural Honduras, his parents, along with many of his peers, questioned his choice to leave school. But for Rottaro, who is now back in Pasadena and completing his senior year, it just seemed like the right thing to do. As a native of Venezuela, he attended a bilingual school as a young child and felt a strong desire to give something back to a similar community.
Caltech basketball tips off with the first games of the season on Saturday. Cheer on the women as they face Pacific University in Braun Gym at 4 p.m. The men, who are coming off their historic season last year in which they broke a 310-game conference losing streak, play Vanguard University in Costa Mesa at 2:30 p.m.
Come kick off Caltech men's and women's basketball with food, games, and prizes at the second annual Midnight Madness event tonight at 10 p.m. in Braun Gym. At midnight, the men's basketball team will take the court in celebration of the first official day of basketball practice this season.