PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Designing and building a robot might sound like a task for an experienced engineer, but in Charlotte County, some high schoolers are doing just that.
To the common eye, this might just look like a pile of screws, bolts, and power tools. But to these keen eyed aspiring engineers, it's the makings of a robot.
For the past few weeks, this is what 15 Port Charlotte High School students have been building.
"I thought, okay six weeks, that's gonna be hard but I think we can do it. and then we found out what it had to do and that was jaw drop on the floor," says senior, Colin Wood.
"It has to hold four frisbees, it has shoot the fribees into goals, and it has to climb a basic pyramid," says John MacKay.
It's part of the regional 'FIRST Robotics Competition.' For the second year in a row, Charlotte County will be competing thanks to the local Boys and Girls Club.
"Basically like a varsity sport but for engineering," says Jessica Pralle with the organization.
She was able to get $12,000 in grant money so these students could compete.
"We're always trying to come up with ways to get our teens involved with innovative programs and when we saw robotics, we thought you know this is such a great opportunity for the kids in this community," she adds.
Last year, the robot had to shoot a basketball. With just two weeks left to build, this team is ready to trump that challenge!
"When you first fire it up and it works great, beautiful feeling!" adds MacKay.
The students will be competing against about 50 other teams across the region at the end of March.