High School students enlist robots to help solve real-world problems.

Robots haven't yet taken over the world, but they have started to take over one high school.

Here's a look at the robot students hope will help them win them multiple competitions and possibly 100-thousand dollars.

Students in Eastside High School's robotics program are serious about winning this competition.
Some of them are working on a way to tackle one of the biggest issues facing schools these days.

Eastside High Schools robotics club is only a few years old but they've made big strides towards being one of the best in the state.
Coral Antony helped set up the robotics club and is a media specialist she explained, "the kids are part of a club that is a robotics club. They come in an after school, during lunchtime, and before school sometimes and they build robots to participate in competitions."

The competitions have specific tasks each robot must complete.
Thomas Chase is the robotics club president who has entered multiple robots into competitions. "In this competition, we're trying to launch plastic balls into plastic target flags that flip back and forth. We're also trying to pick up caps that are red and blue that we can flip and put onto posts as well as park on platforms all within a one minute 45 second time period."

However, the big competition is one put on by the technology company Samsung. 5 schools from each state have been chosen, Eastside High being one of them, based on their creative approaches to finding solutions for real-world problems. After going through ALICE training, Thomas Chase's idea involved distracting school shooters.
"We learned how if you can distract or confuse intruders by throwing projectiles at them. We thought maybe if we could design a robot to shoot projectiles at a high rate at an intruder it would deter them from possibly firing off any more shots."

There are four stages of this competition with prizes of 10, 50 and 100 thousand dollars on the line for the best-presented ideas. Money which would go a long way for a club struggling, but not for lack of interest.
Antony said, "originally at the beginning of the school year we had 43 students who expressed interest in being in the club. As it turns out we didn't have enough parts for all of them to participate and some of the kids have dropped out because they don't get the opportunity to go hands-on and they don't want to sit around and wait."

Thomas Chase says he's loved creating contraptions of all sorts since he was very young and hopes to use these skills to become an engineer.