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Last Published: April 14, 2016
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Hackers dropped a banner in Killian Court early Friday morning reading "This is a bomb. This is not a bomb. Is your ego satisfied? Brought to you by the MIT Bomb Squad.," with drawings of a bomb and a Mooninite respectively. A Lite-Brite™-like depiction of the latter, an "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" cartoon character, touched off a bomb scare that paralyzed Boston on Jan. 31, 2007.



Workers prepare for Baker House’s annual Piano Drop.



A piano is captured in the last fleeting moments before it crashes to the ground.



Students climb over the wreckage of the Baker House piano drop in search of salvageable parts.



Karlen E. Ruleman '09 connects a wireless control box to her robot, "Nico," in preparation for an upcoming match. Students are given several minutes on an "on-deck" table prior to competing to ready their machines.



Stephanie A. Sidelko '07 is carried around the stage by Professor Alexander H. Slocum PhD '85 after winning this year's 2.007 competition. At the beginning of the semester Sidelko "just wanted a robot that would move", but she ended up placing first out of more than one hundred students.



Professor Alexander H. Slocum PhD '85 does one-armed pushups in a Hawaiian shirt. Push-ups are a regular part of the annual competition.



Jeremiah R. Cohen '09 (far right) drives his robot—named "Kronos" for its speed—as his roommate Trevor B. Rundell '09 (center right) poises to activate one of the machine's critical mechanisms.



The top eight contestants in this year's 2.007 competition line up in Johnson Ice Rink. From left to right and first to eighth place, the contestants are: Stephanie A. Sidelko '07, David A. Sanchez '09, Nathaniel S. Sharpe '09, Lawrence A. Maligaya '09, Daniel E. Klenk '09 (obscured), Jeremy C. Franklin '09, Michael L. Stern '09, and Sarah E. Cooper-Davis '09.



Senior Stephanie A. Sidelko's robot (foreground) and junior Keith M. Molina's robot (partially obscured) fight for control of the score-multiplying arrows on this year's 2.007 contest table while competition staff look on.


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