ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- School may be out for the summer, but some high schoolers are still hard at work, learning skills that will help them get manufacturing jobs in a few years.
A local group is trying to making learning fun for our future workforce.
This weekend, more than 600 students from 32 robotic teams are spending time in the Stateline for the second annual local robotics competition at Rock Valley College.
While the contest helps generate optimism in the manufacturing field, students say it helps them build other skills too.
"It has opened up so many opportunities for me," said Addie Longberry with the Rockford Robotics Team 2039. "Being on robotics has also made me more confident in both the speaking world and soft skills and also has made me more confident with machining and with tools and electrical and programming."
Teams came from five states to compete this weekend.