Weekly Feature

2018-06-13 / Business

Curbell Plastics supports St. Joe’s robotics team

Orchard Park-based Curbell Plastics recently supported the St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute robotics team with a material donation to help students design and build a robot for use in a For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Competition.

St. Joe’s, located in Kenmore, not far from Curbell Plastics’ corporate headquarters, relies on financial and material donations from local companies to support its team, the company said.

The 32-member team worked to design and build a robot from scratch using specifications and rules from FIRST Robotics, a global organization that promotes hands-on learning of science and technology for students around the world.

Curbell’s Rochester location donated sheets of ABS, expanded PVC and acrylic that were used on the robot as side panels and to house control and electronic equipment.

The team competed at the FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional Competition in March at Rochester Institute of Technology and finished 12th out of 50 teams.

“Between entry fees, transportation and material costs to build a robot, these competitions can be expensive and yet they are so important, allowing hands-on experience for students in science, technology and engineering,” said Patrick Wick, science teacher and moderator for St. Joe’s robotics team.

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