But what happens if at first, you do succeed? Well, then there's a good chance you're on the Foxcroft Academy robotics team.
This year, Foxcroft Academy put together a robotics club for the first time in school history.
The team of nine students began competing in October and were ecstatic when their robot made it to the state championships.
But the rookie team didn't stop there, with a win at the state competition, Foxcroft's robotics team earned a chance to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship.
It's not often that first-timers get to compete internationally, but the club's instructor said she's not surprised that her bright group made it this far.
Robotics club advisor Chelsea Vincent said, "I think even more important is that they are unbelievably committed. They work so hard, which is why winning the state championship was awesome, they put in so many hours... Well deserved win"
Many students had taken courses in robotics prior to joining the team, but it wasn't a requirement. The club built both the robot and their knowledge base, basically from scratch.
Foxcroft Academy senior Harry Ma, said, "I had no idea what I was getting into before I signed up for the club, but ever since it turned out well, I learned so much more than I could ever imagine out of robotics club."
Students said the competition is more than just building a robot, but also working as a team and performing under pressure.
The world robotics competition will take place in April in Kentucky.