There's an entertaining new Wired article about a team of four Mexican immigrants from a Phoenix High School taking on MIT and other top schools in the recent MATE ROV contest. Their ROV, named Stinky, was hacked together from PVC pipe and other off-the-shelf parts. Their unconventional design combined with some last minute help from feminine hygiene products resulted in a favorable showing compared to robots entered by leading Universities. Stinky ended up with the design award and the team received a special achievement award in addition to being declared the overall winner of the competition. Their story inspired the Phoenix Union High School District to create the La Vida Robot scholarship fund to benefit the further education of the four team members: Cristian Arcega, Lorenzo Santillan, Luis Aranda, and Oscar Vazquez. More photos are available on the team's website, as is a technical report (PDF format) describing their ROV.