TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — On Friday, about 550 local high school students got the chance to put their engineering and agriculture skills to the test.

Ivy Tech’s annual “Cob and Cog” competition included 20 different events. Students competed in teams of 3 or 4 at the Ivy Tech campus in Terre Haute.

A few of the contests included testing the student’s skills in machinery inspection, while others were more straight forward like drone and robot competitions.

Ivy Tech’s program chair for Precision Agriculture Technology, Michael Mauntel, said that the students learned valuable skills that they are able to take with them.

“So the idea of the contest is to connect them with the real world to school, and show them that the skills that they’ve learned in school can be used outside of the classroom and into the industry that we have,” Mauntel said. “So by putting on this contest, we’re connecting them, showing them the skills that they’re gonna need as they move outside into the real world.”

Mauntel also noted that Friday’s event was made possible by a donation from Duke Energy.