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Over 20 students face off in annual robot combat tournament

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - An after-school program aimed at improving students' math and science skills involved a whole lot of mechanics and fun on Saturday afternoon!

The Chippewa Falls Middle School Voyagers Program held its 14th annual robot combat event. Over 20 middle school students participated. Students spent about two months building their three-pound robots. On Saturday, they went head to head. The goal? To be the last one standing.

Tim Wolter, the robotics class instructor for the Voyagers Program, said, "They're all focused on competition and building a good robot but along the way they're learning about electronics, design and how to trouble shoot and they learn some practical skills like soldering wires and making electrical connections."

Jennah Johnson, a 6th grader, who is participating in the program, said, “It's learning new things. I mean, I didn't know how to make half of these things before, and now I know how to do them."

In the 14 years he's taught the voyagers, wolter this year had the highest female participation yet.

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