Jerry Sanders Creative Design Competition
The AMD Jerry Sanders Creative Design Competition (JSDC) is an annual robotics competition at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where engineering students from around the country design and build robots to compete in a game. Each year, a new game objective is created that tests the skills of the teams in creative design and functionality. Teams spend nearly a year designing and constructing their robot for the event, after which students from universities nationwide travel to the UIUC Engineering Open House in March to compete in the 2,000 sq ft (190 m2) arena for the exciting two-day event. JSDC is a popular event that attracts thousands of spectators to take in the action each day. The Jerry Sanders Design Competition is made possible by generous funding from AMD and hard work from the JSDC Committee at UIUC.
As the official JSDC website describes, "The competition promotes engineering disciplines and offers students a chance to demonstrate their technical abilities and creativity while applying knowledge learned in engineering courses. Overall, the design competition presents a well-rounded multi-disciplinary engineering challenge to future engineers." 
The 23rd annual 2010 competition featured 20 teams from five different universities that competed in a giant game of tic-tac-toe played with colored balloons. The 24th installment of the engineering challenge promises once again to be an exciting and fun event for everyone involved.