Check out this free contest at: http://www.roboticsathome.com/
If you are at least 16 years old (with parent or guardian’s permission) and a legal resident of the 50 United States (including DC) then:
Rules are posted at: http://www.roboticsathome.com/details/ and anything that differs from what I have written from that link, the rules at the link http://www.roboticsathome.com/details/ takes precedence.
Wow! You and up to 3 more team members could build the coolest robot in the United States, then win $10,000. You and your Dad, or you and your Mom or better yet, you, your Dad AND Mom could work in this amazing contest! Or maybe one of your grandparents worked on some cool things during the Cold War and the two or three of you could work together, which would be really awesome. Or just ignore your parents and do something cool all by yourself!
If possible let’s avoid the terminators, unless they are serving up bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches.