By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Local school kids participated in an engineering competition at Drexel University.READ MORE: Gasoline Shortage Appears To Be Creeping Into Philadelphia Region As Colonial Pipeline Resumes Operations
Area middle and high school students from Philadelphia, the surrounding suburbs and South Jersey spent their Saturday at Drexel University competing in the seventh annual Sea Perch Challenge.
Joanne Ferroni, Director of University and Community Partnerships, says each team spent 13 weeks building an underwater robot.
“They’re going through two challenges. They’re doing a maneuvering challenge and a salvage challenge.”READ MORE: Man Shot 11 Times, Killed In Southwest Philadelphia Quadruple Shooting, Police Say
Eighth grader Carly Miller of Lacey Township middle school says the program has been a great introduction to the engineering field.
“I learned stuff I didn’t know about. I learned how to solder and how to build a remote.”
And the challenge wasn’t easy.
“Teams are given a kit and they’re only allowed to spend $20 and they’re allowed to use anything you find in a recycle bin,” says Ferroni.MORE NEWS: Upper Darby Native Todd Rundgren Joins Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go's In 2021 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Class
Over 600 students participated in all.