Robotics team co-sponsored by Dust Control Technology

By |  July 18, 2014
The FIRST competitions are specifically set up to encourage teamwork  and interaction between people and groups with different strengths.

The FIRST competitions are specifically set up to encourage teamwork and interaction between people and groups with different strengths.

Dust Control Technology is co-sponsoring a team of aspiring high school students to continue their participation in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. The team, who dubbed themselves “Icarus 2081,” is made up of 20 students from Notre Dame High School and Quest Charter Academy.

During the competition, this year called “Sport for the Mind,” the students must work together to assemble a robot to complete a number of given tasks against a field of competitors. The students get a chance to learn from professional engineers, qualify for scholarships and utilize sophisticated software.

“The competitions are specifically set up to encourage teamwork and interaction between people and groups with different strengths,” says John Nogaj, member of Team Icarus. “Every team has the same objective: engineering and building a robot to perform specific tasks for each competition. Teams have just six weeks to complete their designs, from a common kit of parts supplied by FIRST.

Team Icarus has competed in the competition before, winning the 2012 Boilermaker Regional and the Engineering Inspiration Award and Engineering Excellence awards in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The team’s next competition will take place in April 2015 at the Central Illinois Regional.

“It’s fascinating to see the designs these teams come up with, and then to watch them compete head-to-head,” says Edwin Peterson, CEO of Dust Control Technology. “We’re proud to contribute to the emerging generation of scientists and engineers, who will be working to solve some of the world’s toughest problems.”

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