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Wausau West Inventeam Boston bound

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BOSTON, MA (WSAU) -- A group of students from Wausau West is flying east Thursday to make a presentation at MIT. The students are part of West’s science, technology, engineering, and math program that built an autonomous snow removal device.

Yes, a snowblower that you don’t have to drive, because it is an automated robot.

John Winter is with Wausau West, and says Tech Education Instructor Theran Peterson and the students are flying out at 6:00 a.m. Thursday to Boston.  “They’re going to be presenting their project to MIT later on this afternoon, and they’re kind of on a tight schedule today, so they’ll be presenting it and then turning around and returning from their trip, I believe, tomorrow.”

The students will be treating this much like a business trip, as they only have time to get the job done and get back home.  “They’re not going to have a whole lot of leeway in terms of doing a lot of sightseeing, but certainly being able to present their project to folks from MIT is quite an honor and I think they’re elated to be a part of the program.”

Wausau West was one of 15 schools nationally to receive $10,000 grants from the Lemelson-MIT Program in Boston. Teams can use the funds to tackle a real-world problem with technology and invent a solution. West came up with the unmanned snowblower project, which has been a culmination of the students with support from several area businesses and manufacturers. Winter says this class happens every year, but getting selected to participate in the Lemelson-MIT Program is very rare.  “This was a project that this group applied for and was awarded. This has been a program that other schools in the state have been a part of in the past. Wausau West was selected by this MIT group this year. Now certainly, the course that this took place in continues.”

The Wausau West Inventeam presentation is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. in Boston.

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