ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) - Cornell hosted their 8th annual end-of-semester robotics celebration and competition.

150 third-year students from Cornell, ASML engineers took part in the event on Tuesday.  Students were broken up into teams of three at the start of the semester and were assigned to design a robot.

Tuesday, faculty, students, and visitors came to attend the competition to see the interactive exhibits by Cornell's awarding-winning project teams.

Cornell looked to hang onto its title after successfully defeating ASML an innovative company in the chip industry as the running champion in 2019.

50 teams competing throughout the day with their autonomous robots head to head in a game of strategy, skill, and strength.

"The goal of the competition is to collect these little square blocks that are scattered around the board and bring them back to your side of the arena but there's a lot of ways you can go about doing that and also offense and defense plays of trying to push the other robot out of the way or disable the robot," Ken Bogursky, Director of Mechanical Development at ASML said.

These Cornell students are competing for a grade and ASML was competing for fun.

"It's a great way to interact with all the bright minds at Cornell," Bogursky said.

The winners of today's competition will compete against a robot made by the experts at ASML, for the ultimate bragging rights.