Imagine peering proudly toward the stage on a Saturday afternoon as a competition is wrapping up, with a row of students posing for the cameras and centering their robot and trophy in the frame. It feels like only recently that the young crew came together and, awkwardly at first, began querying each other on how much torque is required for a robot arm to hoist a block through a hoop. Today, this team and others have gathered in the spirit of cooperative competition to learn life and career skills while having fun.
This day was made possible by volunteer coaches who facilitated conversations about sensors, inputs and outputs—along with school and career advice—helping these students grow as a team and as individuals. These developing, young engineers, gaining newfound self-sufficiency, provide confidence that the next generation will bring about a better world. The efforts of coaches and sponsors result in a positive impact on these students.
Reaching a new generation of engineers, scientists and makers is more important than ever for industrial automation due to an aging workforce with a disproportionately low number of new skilled workers to take the place of retirees.
To answer this call and to serve the community, Tesco Controls provides its office-space as the Build Zone for Swerve Robotics student teams to engage in the FIRST Lego League (FLL), enriching young lives and preparing these students for success in the fields on which much of our modern society depends.