MASON CITY, Iowa - The gymnasium at Mason City High School was packed with students from around the region for the First Tech Challenge.
Students worked in teams of two trying to skillfully arrange blocks into rows and columns with their robots.
Mason City High School Senior Mike Cooling is participating for the third year.
"With me trying to go into the stem program with engineering and technology base stuff this is a good first step to realize how things work and have advantage per say of things go and not going blind.”
This year he has the chance to show his little brother Josh the ropes as he also has an interest in becoming an engineer.
"I believe this will help me learn and be able to program and create these robots to help people.”
Thanks to the competitions, the cooling brothers say the most important part is learning valuable skill sets.
"You need to work together and know what your robots are doing because there are two drivers and a coach,” says Josh Cooling.
“A lot about like communication because we obviously have to go through out a lot of ideas of what we choose to work and it's a lot of trial and error and just seeing what works best,” says Mike Cooling.
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