January 21, 2015
Molex Incorporated has today announced its support for the Naperville North High School (NNHS) Huskie Robotics team’s 2015 technology goals and bid to compete in the annual FIRST Robotics Competition. Molex donated $15,000 toward the purchase of materials the team plans to use to design, develop and build two robots to enter into competitions against other regional and international robotics teams.
“We are pleased to support the Huskie Robotics team and help these young innovators pursue their passion for STEM in the classroom and in the competition,” said Martin Slark, Chief Executive Officer, Molex. “The world of robotics is rapidly expanding around us and will change the way we live, work and play. It is inspiring to see these students exploring the technology and building the skills that will be needed to make it possible.”
In addition to the company’s financial contribution, Molex employees have volunteered to serve as engineering mentors, sharing real-world business experience and technical expertise with the NNHS students throughout the robotics competition season.
“The unique insights that Molex professionals bring as mentors to each student will inspire them to learn and make this an invaluable experience,” said Mark Rowzee, NNHS robotics team sponsor.
As the fastest-growing club at NNHS, the Huskie Robotics team each year attracts a diverse and talented group of students. Based on their interests, members may choose to join a number of sub-teams that include mechanical engineering, computer programming and media. Since its founding in 2008 the team has placed and won at numerous regional competitions.
During a six-week build season starting January 2015, more than 80 student members will combine their efforts to create fully-functional, 120-pound robots. The team aims to place in regional competition and qualify to compete in April against international teams at the FIRST Robotics Championship held annually in St. Louis, MO. “The District is encouraged to see the Huskie Robotics team grow and succeed. The dedication of the club members demonstrates our students' ability to be self-directed learners," said Superintendent Dan Bridges. Follow the Huskies Robotics team on Twitter at https://twitter.com/team3061. To learn more, please visit the team online http://team3061.org/.
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