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Robotics Development

It’s almost time for the this year’s big robotics event! As a proud sponsor, UMC is excited to share an update on our area STEM superstars who’ve been busy gearing up for this season’s robotics playoffs.

The past six weeks, high-schoolers throughout the region have tapped their brain power and tested their science know-how to bring this season’s FIRST Robotics game theme to life. Each year presents a new game challenge and requires STEM student-led teams to strategically design and build a custom project demonstrating specific robotic tasks. Preview this year’s game Deep Space on YouTube.

Here at home, area students are testing and putting the finishing touches on their sophisticated creations. They’ll pack their playbooks, plans and gear and gather with more than 120 FIRST Robotics teams in Duluth, MN for the regional competition March 6-9, 2019. The non-stop robotic action continues as top teams move on to compete in the Minneapolis Regionals, March 27-30, 2019 at the University of Minnesota’s Mariucci Arena. Both events are free and open to the public. The FIRST Robotics season culminates at the State tournament in May.

There is great value in deepening students’ hands-on STEM experiences through the exciting world of robotics. UMC is proud to have sponsored several FIRST Robotics teams over the last five years including whiz kids hailing from Big Lake, Buffalo, Cambridge/Isanti, Monticello, St. Michael and Rocori. We’re also supporters of the Vex robotics league geared for younger and more novice students. Learn a bit more about our commitment, including the Vex State Robotics competition, here.

UMC supports schools in surrounding communities near our facilities, and within proximity to where our employees are raising their own families. Robotics programs are an exciting and innovative way to help spark excitement with young minds around STEM, automation and manufacturing. We know nurturing and building skills early on for students can pay dividends down the road. And, our investment allows us to introduce the next generation to engineering precision manufacturing. Truly, a win-win situation.

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