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Wausau students look to revolutionize shoveling snow

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Winter is right around the corner, and that means snow.

With that in mind, a group of students at Wausau West High School is trying to make winter in Wisconsin a little easier.

"What we decided to make was a robotic snow removal device," said senior Brandon Ollhoff.

The snow shoveling robot is almost finished. It's taken more than a year of planning and building with local businesses donating parts.

"They were really interested in working with us from the aspect that it looks really good for them as a company," said Ollhoff.

Their teacher Theran Peterson thinks so, too. He's helped the students create the prototype and connect with businesses. He says students are getting hands on experience and making connections.

"We really want to show both the student and the employer that there could be a partnership that will benefit everybody in the long term," Peterson said.

Peterson entered the shovel into a worldwide grant contest sponsored by MIT to help fund the project.

The students made it to the finals and earlier this month, they found out they're one of fifteen winners. The prize is $10,000.

"We were all so excited that we got it which means we had money to work with," said senior Ben Miller.

Now, they work to finish up this yearlong effort and are 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 MIT to show it off.

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