A GROUP of Lismore teens are working through their lunch breaks to build a robot they hope will see them travel to the US.
The Lismore High School students are building a robot to enter in the Tech Challenge which will be held at Macquarie University, Sydney, on December 9.
The robot is being designed and built using a forklift arm, sonar technology and ultrasonic sensors to pick up rings and move them from one platform to another.
It will face off against other robots, made by students from other schools, and will be judged for the degree of difficulty with which it can perform tasks.
The team has sponsorship from Google and are the only competitors from a rural area.
Student Grace Cook, 15, said she has always been interested in technology and the project had given her the opportunity to work with other like-minded students.
"I have always liked robots, but never had anywhere I could go to build one," she said.
The students are working in three teams to complete the project: the management team, which overseas the project; the programming team, which programs the robot and the building team, which constructs the robot.
Science teacher Jim McInerney said the students were developing new skills while learning to work as a team.
This is the second year the competition has been held in Australia and the first time Lismore High School has entered a team.
If the students win the competition they will travel to the US for further competitions.
The robotics team is looking for sponsorship to assist with the cost of travel to Sydney.
For more information contact Lismore High School on 6621 5185.