Groups of engineers from all over the nation, and even the world, now take on the yearly challenge of attempting to build a better, faster, and more efficient mouse. Each year new engineers take on the challege to build a completely self-contained, maze-solving robot from scratch. The mouse, when complete, must find its way through a complex and unknown maze and determine the best way to solve it. The mouse knows where it must start, and where it must finish, but it is on its own to determine the best way to get there.
Once the mouse makes its decision, it begins subsequent runs directly from the start to the finish, increasing its speed on each try. Depending on the maze, times of 20 seconds or less are common. The mouse is timed on each run, and its fastest run within ten minutes becomes its official time. The fastest mouse wins.
Here are some (humorous?) specifications an engineer can use to check up on his (or her) design:
Alright, for the serious folks, if you want to see the REAL specifications, enjoy!
So, who says engineers don't have a sense of humor?