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ARC Specialties sponsored DASH Robotics Team wins "Engineering Inspiration" Award
The Duchesne Academy of Sacred Heart's all-girl Robotics Team "Iron Plaid" won the "Engineering Inspiration" Award last weekend at the US FIRST 2012 Alamo Regional in San Antonio, Texas. Winning the prestigious award automatically qualifies Iron Plaid for the US FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) hosts annual robot competitions for youth ranging from elementary schools to high schools and each year brings a new completive game with new rules that challenge students’ technical skills.
Every year high school students across the U.S. like Team “Iron Plaid” scramble to design and construct robots for the FIRST Robotics Competition. This year students in Houston, TX had access to new manufacturing equipment that allowed students to let their robot-building imaginations run wild thanks the local support of automated manufacturing systems company ARC Specialties, and welding equipment company Lincoln Electric.
President of ARC Specialties Dan Allford for years has opened the doors to his company’s manufacturing headquarters for local robot teams to weld, machine, wire and construct their robots along with the mentorship of ARC’s engineers. This year ARC Specialties called upon Lincoln Electric who donated a brand new welding unit to several high schools to weld together their robots.
The generous donation adds to a growing number of resources in the Houston area that help high school students build better robots and inspire them to enter careers in science and technology.
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ARC Specialties Sponsors Duchesne Academy & Bellaire High School in BEST Robotics Competition
ARC Specialties sponsored Duchesne Academy and Bellaire High School in the 2008
BEST Robotics Competition.
The competition attracted a great turnout, as students, teachers, sponsors, and robot aficionados alike created a happening and loud scene.
The competition's challenge was to use automated, team-built robots to assemble model planes.
The theme was "Just Plane Crazy", and the atmosphere was apropos.
Sporting bright team t-shirts, rival high schools bounced the decibel meter from one side of the arena to the next chanting "WE'VE GOT SPIRIT YES WE DO, WE GOT SPIRIT HOW 'BOUT YOU?!"
The Wave was evergoing in the bleachers. DJs scratched hits inbetween matches, and spectators were often seen in full sprint to place a good view to root for their team.
Participating teams proved the ongoing trend that it's hip to be smart, and that a future job in robots is truly about as cool as it gets!
Bruni High School
ARC Specialties has had the privledge of working with Bruni High School in
US First Robotics for the last 3 years. This year the kids have really done a
great job. Their robot fork truck has a 12 foot reach. It has 4 motor, 4 wheel
drive. It features a bolted base frame and all welded lift structure. The aluminum
used on the structure was donated by
Tymetal which uses the extruded aluminum tubing to build gates which stop truck bombers,
so that should hold up to competition, we hope. Other sponsors this year are
Profax which supplies welding
torches and consumables. ESAB which
builds welding machines, and
Welding House a welding supply company in Corpus Christi. Please support the companies
which support US First and tell them you saw their robot.
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