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Robots battle it out at area school


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - School projects usually consist of paper mache, milk cartons, and paint but some Chippewa Falls middle schoolers brought in the heavy weights for this one

"Here's the rules of design no flamethrowers, no grenades, and not live animals everything else is fair game," said volunteer Tim Wolter.

There were saw blades, screws, and kitchen knives on display at the fourteenth machines behaving badly battle.

"I like seeing things get destroyed even if it's my own," said competitor Zachariah Mitchell

With a budget of $20 each 24 middle schoolers set out on a quest to build the most destructive robot and learn a few things in the process.

"We take an idea that is incredibly appealing to the middle school aged brain and that's robots destroying other robots," said Wolter, "When they are thoroughly engaged in that we teach them a few things about electronics, design and engineering."

As part of the Chippewa Falls voyagers after school program students spent several hours designing and building their robots. Evan Sabska and Colin Prill tossed around a few ideas before settling on their ping pong ball launching robot.

"At first we were thinking of just launching potatoes, said Sabska "then we gradually shifted toward lighter objects.

And as the crowd watched on organizers are reminded of why they put on the whole program in the first place.

"We do it because it's an enormous amount of fun," said Wolter.

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