LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

Local high schoolers put their robotics skills to the test Sunday.

It was part of the Seven Rivers Robotics Coalition scrimmage at Aquinas High School.  The students had 6 weeks to design and build a robot that could catch, pass and shoot an exercise ball into specific goals.  Organizers say the challenge helps teach the students math, science and marketing.

One of the main lessons from the event is not only competing with other students, but learning how to work together, something organizers call coopertition.  "If one robot loses a part or breaks down, there is always another team to help them out," says Rhonda Akeson from Aquinas High School, "so they're not just learning competitiveness they're learning our version of sportsmanship which would be called coopertition."  "I really learn how to work as a team," says Aquinas freshman Rachel Ellis, "it's really interesting meeting a lot of people that share the common interests I have."

Six local high schools were involved as well as students from Winona, Rochester and Houston.