Shown below is an excerpt from the introduction of the official game rules, as well as a link to the full project specifications.
The minimum project requirements for grading purposes were to win against a static robot ("The Brick"), but most teams went all out to win the competition.
Teams had 22 days to build their robots - the project specifications were released on Thursday, Feb 14, and the tournament occurred on Monday, March 11.
Because the crisis at hand was cleverly named and is now generally known as “The Fiscal Cliff”, and because many
members of the public and practically all members of congress are easily confused, the rules of the game have been
defined to symbolize the issue as literally as possible. Sumo wrestling matches will take place on an elevated
platform, several feet above the floor of the Fiscal Cliff Face-Off Sumo Arena. Robotic sumo wrestlers have up to two minutes to win their match by pushing their opponent over the edge of The Fiscal Cliff to their doom. The Sequester sweeps everything before it over The Cliff. Robotic sumo wrestlers have two minutes to defeat their opponent by pushing them over The Cliff, or they will be swept off the Fiscal Cliff themselves by The Sequester. The last sumo robot on the platform wins the match. No filibustering this time, senators…it’s go time in ME210!