A robotic snow plow is being developed by some students in Wisconsin. (Courtesy: WAOW/CNN)
A team of high school inventors in Wisconsin may be on to something big—a snow tackling robot.
Winter is right around the corner.
And that means snow.
With that in mind -- a group of students at Wausau West High School are trying to make winter in Wisconsin a little easier.
A snow shoveling robot is almost finished.
It's taken more than a year of planning and building.
Local businesses donated parts.
Their teacher -- Theran Peterson -- helped the students create the prototype and connect with businesses.
He says students are getting hands on experience and making connections.
Peterson entered the shovel into a worldwide grant contest, sponsored by M.I.T. to help fund the project.
The students made it to the finals.
Earlier this month -- they found out that they're one of fifteen winners.
The prize is ten thousand dollars.
Now , they work to finish up this yearlong effort.
Excited that soon -- they might not be the ones shoveling snow.
The students will present the project to their school when it's finished.
Then -- next June -- they plan to travel to M.I.T. to show it off.