We all know how important it is to get young people interested in technical careers and to support their STEM education journey. At Red River Precision, we do this by getting involved in the community and sponsoring a local robotics team, Westwood Robotics.
The Westwood Robotics Team primarily does what their name suggests – they build robots. But beyond that, the team teaches students the fundamentals of design, problem solving, and outreach. Every year they take part in at least two major competitions. In the fall, they participate in BEST, and in the spring, they build a much larger robot for the FRC competition. They also host an FLL tournament themselves.
This past year was an especially active one for the team as they also exhibited their creations at Maker Faire and several other events. As far as successes, last year Westwood Robotics won the BEST marketing presentation, BEST Team spirit, and one of their members took home the Dean’s list award from FRC. They also placed 4th in BEST overall, 34/41 at the regional, and advanced to 34/67 at the world event, which had much steeper competition.
Red River Precision is pleased to see how far the Westwood Robotics team has come. We’ve been proud sponsors of the team, donating water jet cutting and form parts for them to use in their robots. These students are the next generation of manufacturing leaders, so we’re happy to help them build their careers in this hands-on way.