John teams up with Steve Norris, a robot designer in Medford, Massachusetts. Together, they design and build an enormous contraption called "Basket Bot." The rickety contraption is trouble from the start, but John and Steve persevere. They work through the night dealing with problem after problem so they can unveil the robot in a festive event at the local high school. There's no denying they are nervous. Even as the marching band strikes up, the robot has yet to come anywhere near success. In front of hundreds of cheering spectators, John goes one on one against the robot, and he desperately wants that robot to win.