For the fifth consecutive season, igus is a sponsor for Botball, an educational robotics program produced by the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics. The Botball Educational Robotics Program provides real-world relevance and development of rigorous STEM skills that are immediately applicable in college and industry. Teams of middle and high school students design, build, program and document original autonomous robots to play in an open-solution tournament.
Through the Y.E.S. (Young Engineers Support) Program, igus donated Energy Chain® cable carriers and DryLin® linear guide systems to each team for the 2013 competition. The Y.E.S. Program is designed to foster the mechanical design ideas and inventions of students who have a passion for engineering. The program aims to not only support students and engineers, but also educate them on the merits and benefits of plastic components.
Starting in January, students have seven weeks to prepare two autonomous robots while documenting their engineering process online. Participants later compete against each other on a playing field in one of 17 U.S. regional tournaments. The robots must be student-built and programmed to maneuver on the game field without using a remote control. By exposing students to an inquiry-based, learn-by-doing activity that appeals to their hearts as well as their minds, Botball addresses our nation’s need for a well-prepared, creative, yet disciplined workforce with leadership and teamwork experience.
To learn more about the igus‘ Y.E.S. Program or to request free samples, visit www.igus.com/yesprogram.
To learn more about Botball, visit www.botball.org.