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TR Fastenings Inc encourages STEM careers by sponsoring local High School's Robotics Club

TR Fastenings Inc, the TR Fastenings (TR) North American business, sponsors the Obra D. Tompkins High School's Robotics Club, better known in the FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC) as the Steel Talons.

Established in 2015 and based at the Robert R. Shaw Center, Katy ISD's STEAM center, the Tompkins Robotics students are driven to represent the school’s values; Integrity, Fairness, Discipline, Modesty and Respect, whilst gaining valuable knowledge about building robots; TR will be providing fasteners for the robots that are created by over a hundred aspiring young students.

A new FIRST Robotics Competition season begins early January, in which the team have around eight weeks to plan their design as well as construct a new robot, that fits the requirements provided for that year. Their busiest season is January and February, then followed by the weeks that lead up to a district competition in March and April.
Building their first robot in January 2015 at a mentor's house, they shortly moved into the newly built Robert Shaw Center (RSC) in March that year. The following January, they built their second robot as a team at the centre, however, building a new robot every year and showcasing the team’s great creations by competing in multiple events, comes at a price!

During the 2018 season they beat a personal best and won the most awards in the team’s history; their winnings included the State championship, UIL Robotics State Championship and three Spirit Awards!

Retaining success in 2019, they also conquered another new team milestone and were given the opportunity to compete at the FIRST Championship, Houston in the Roebling Division for the first time in club history. Furthermore, winning the top team award in two competitions; the Channelview District competitionDistrict Chairman's Award and the Regional Chairman's Award at the FRC District Championship held in Austin. Also receiving first place in the District Engineering Inspiration Award at the Del Rio District Competition.

Lori Cohee, Tompkins Robotics Mentor comments:

“Thank you for your generous support. We take pride in providing the opportunity to excel and we can’t wait to see the great ideas that are created by our aspiring students put into practice. By doing so, we are allowing them to expand their STEM skills knowledge and abilities, allowing them to prepare for the future in STEM when they leave college.

Each fall we enrol new team members, as well as opening membership applications at the New Falcon Camp, in which all students complete the online membership form and pay the activity fee that covers a teamwork t-shirt, competition t-shirt and a small part of the competition fees or the build season costs. We have had to limit team size, due to the space restrictions at the RSC and manageability to around 120 students.

Throughout the academic year we hold STEM nights, mainly at feeder elementary schools to Tompkins High School, however, we will also visit non-feeder elementary schools to assist in their STEM nights, this is if another high school robotics team is not available.”

Click here to watch the Steel Talons FRC 5427’s YouTube video, this showcases the robots and the innovative work produced within the community. You can also follow the team on Twitter for the latest team news.

Published 09.03.2020
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