Group of students are building a robot to compete in a ball game

By WEEK Producer

February 7, 2014 Updated Feb 8, 2014 at 12:16 AM CDT

TREMONT, Ill. -- A group of high school students will soon be competing in a special type of ball game, well not directly.

In fact a robot will be playing the game for them.

For the past few weeks, 25 Tremont students have been building and programming a robot to compete in the FIRST Robotics competition.

The goal is to build a robot that can play a game called aerial assist, which is similar to soccer, but uses exercise balls.

Students on the team say the competition helps them prepare for the real world.

"It kind of teaches you what you might want to do when you grow up," said a member of Roboteers Ben Ringel. "It helps you develop in almost every field out there, business, marketing, and then there's the mechanical, electrical, programming aspect of building a robot. There's a lot more than that even."

The team has just a few weeks left to finish their robot.

The competition starts on February 27th at the Avanti's Dome in Pekin.