About Bots High

Some kids play football in school. Other kids build bone-crushing combat robots with the expressed purpose of dismembering competing bots in thrilling caged-death matches. This film is about kids in the latter group.

Camilla and Elizabeth load Famous Last Words

Camilla and Elizabeth load their robot Famous Last Words into the arena for battle

Bots High follows three teams of high school robotics geeks who build and battle their way to a national robotics competition in Miami. Our heroes include genius inventor Will, who constructs seemingly indestructible bots that unfortunately self-destruct (sometimes in a cloud of smoke and flames), and My Mechanical Romance, a team of Catholic school girls who stand out amid male bot participants with a combination of beauty, brains, and fashion sense.

Robots clash

Sparks fly as two combat robots clash

Funny, smart, and inspiring, these kids navigate high school, adolescence, and first love while reducing enemy bots to shards of scrap metal. Here, at last, is a family film even teenagers can enjoy.

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Math and Science Education in America

The US is trailing the rest of the world in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education. It’s ranked 24th in Math and 28th in Science.

There’s also a huge gender gap. While boys and girls are equally prepared to pursue engineering fields when graduating high school, only 16% of engineering students are female. 10% of professional engineers are women.

Bots High highlights a fantastic solution to this education problem by engaging students in science and engineering through robotics. Furthermore, most of the teams featured in the film are all-girls teams, proving that there doesn’t need to be a gender gap and inspring those that watch the film.

Director Joey Daoud

Joey Daoud is a documentary filmmaker. Bots High is his first feature length project. A fan of the original BattleBots and Robot Wars TV shows, when he discovered that not only the competitions still continued but that high school kids were building fierce robots right in his backyard of Miami, he knew there was an interesting story to tell.

Read more about Joey and the crew.