Robots at the Riverfront

By Beau Ebenezer

June 29, 2013 Updated Jun 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- Seven high school robotics teams from Peoria, Galesburg, and Bloomington showed off their robot-making skills this afternoon.

It was part of the Museum's Robot Rumble event.

Students spent months working on these remote-controlled robots, which can throw frisbees or even clean up the house.

Organizers said this a good way for teens to start learning the importance of engineering at an early age.

"Our goal is to excite the students and inspire them in science and technology," said Robot Rumble organizer, Asit Patel. "We're hoping that they will choose that as a career. As a nation I think we need more engineers."

"I came from knowing absolutely nothing," said Dunlap Senior, Kat Sarsfield. "I wanted to be a teacher, but now I'm positive I want to be a mechanical engineer. This is what I want to do with my life. I'm absolutely positive. It's an amazing thing, and you learn so much. It helps everyone in the long run."

The robotics teams eventually enter their handmade robots into regional competitions.