The coal industry has long impacted the lives and livelihood of eastern Kentuckians, but safety concerns have remained an ongoing problem.
Five Belfry High School students are trying to change how coal is mined.
They are doing just that, using a remote-controlled robot.
They have made a robot that can go into a mine, safely extract coal without the miner being there in the same place.
They say this energy-efficient robot could save coal companies both money and electricity.
They call the robot an "inspiration of genius," and believe it could revive the economy here in eastern Kentucky.
They say they're even planning on pattoning their "mining-robot."