This is an awesome competiton for anyone with a knowledge of engineering/mechanics. Came across this news and this competition this morning, and I feel like there are definitely some people here who could've come up with something good enough to win.
I just finished reading this: http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/. It really helped me understand all the electronic background of robotics. Now I feel like reading about mechanical engineering so does anyone have a good book or website to recommend?