All-girls robotics team to participate in Saturday's First Tech Challenge

Princess Peach will be one robot participating in Saturday's First Tech Challenge.

An all-girl robotics team from Ottumwa will be taking on boys from across the state at the First Tech Challenge at Indian Hills Saturday. The team has been working on their robot, Princess Peach, since September and will participate in the "Block Party" challenge.

The robot will have to complete tasks like picking up blocks and putting them in a pendulum to get it to balance. Whether considering a future in engineering or not, the girls of the Engineer Imangineer team said female students should get involved with events like the First Tech Challenge.

"I think it's good for girls to be involved in engineering because it's becoming a really popular job among women," said Claire Carlson.

"I got involved because in the past, I've done First Lego League and this is pretty similar to it," added Madi Wiley. "I'm thinking about being an engineer when I grow up and this helps out a lot."

The Engineer Imagineers are one of two all-girl teams in the state of Iowa, but they'll be the only female team out of 24 participants at the First Tech Challenge. You can see all the robots in action at the event at the Net Center at Indian Hills starting at 8 a.m.