Chippewa Falls (WQOW) -- Robots may not take over the world, like in some Sci-Fi films, but they did take over a local middle school Saturday.
Chippewa Falls Middle School held its 17th annual 'Machines Behaving Badly' competition Saturday afternoon. The event features student-built robots battling each other until only one remains.
The battle bots are placed in a mini-arena where they must avoid obstacles while facing their opposition. Twenty-four kids battled it out in front of an excited crowd. Organizers told News 18 it's a fun way for kids to learn and the students definitely agree.
"I learned so many new things, like how to make the wheels turn all the way around and how to build and measure and cut," 6th grader Megan Schutte said. "And I used a whole bunch of tools I never even heard of before. So I think that is really fun."
Organizers also said this is such a popular event online registration filled up in less than 30 seconds. All the contestants are members of the Voyagers After School Program.