Students create gadget letting them walk up walls.

Utah State University Students Become "Spidermen"

By WEEK Producer

May 31, 2012 Updated May 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM CDT

It started as a challenge.

The U.S. Air Force asked engineering students around the country to help them find a way to scale a wall without a grappling hook.

Each school got about 20-thousand dollars and two semesters to get it done.

These U-S-U students created the only successful device, taking home first prize.

It uses some very powerful battery-powered suction motors.

Now as the winning inventors in that nationwide competition, they'll get their chance to refine their climbing gadget.

The Utah state university engineering department will now compete for another $100,000 to improve the device.