Chippewa Falls Middle School students build, battle robots

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – Small robots took over Chippewa Falls Middle School Saturday morning.

24 kids created three-pound robots and then got to test them out in the best way, by battling their robots against each other. It’s part of the school’s Voyagers After School Program. Kids who sign up for the program get to learn about physics, radio frequencies, robotics, and of course, how to make a robot.

Saturday’s event was called ‘Machines Behaving Badly’. Organizers said there is a list of strict safety and precaution rules, but as far as rules regarding the kids battling their robots, they had free range to have fun.

Megan Shutte, a girl who is part of the program, said this is her second year participating. She named her robot ‘Snapping Turtle 2.0’.

“We bounce ideas off each other, and we can help each other, and we can really just help each other be successful when we are doing this, even though we are going to be competing against each other,” said Shutte. “It’s just really fun just to be able to build something and smash it up. And I’ve always just love robots and stuff when I was little.”

Organizers said Machines Behaving Badly has been up and running for 18 years.

 

Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford

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