Students all over the Rockford area will be attending orientation for this year’s Rockford Robotics competition on Saturday.
Rockford Robotics is the local chapter of the US FIRST Robotics tech challenge. After Saturday’s orientation, students will have six weeks to design and build their machines before the matches begin.
Many of the young adults will go on to become engineers, while others will use the experience to build soft skills, such as marketing and public speaking.
Local companies provide funding, mentors, and — in the case of Superior Joining Technologies — thousands of square feet for the ‘bot shop.’
“We need this type of talent in Rockford,” said mentor Brad Masbruch. “It’s hard to attract that talent to the Midwest, and so, to build that talent in Rockford and have those students come back and work for the companies [here] is a great advantage.”
Rockford Robotics is made up of students from public, private, and home schools all around the area.