Wausau West High School seniors James Waldman and Brandon Ollhoff watch a video showing a prototype of the robot snowplow they built last school year.
Wausau West High School was awarded a $10,000 InvenTeam grant from the Lemelson Foundation, a nonprofit group that works to support future inventors, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create a robot snowplow.
West High was one of 15 schools nationwide to be selected as an InvenTeam this year. InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. This initiative of the Lemelson-MIT Program aims to inspire a new generation of inventors.
There are 14 students in the engineering class taught by technology and engineering teacher Theran Peterson. The group is working with mentors from a variety of businesses and manufacturers in the community to design and build the snowplow. The students will showcase their prototype at EurekaFest, a multi-day event held at MIT in June.