On January 7, 2018, ABCO Automation hosted a "Coopertition Event" to help jump start the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition for area robotics teams. More than 80 students, coaches, mentors, and parents representing six local teams attended the event at ABCO's facility in Greensboro, NC. The event was planned by Brian Page, coach of Triple Strange. In addition, the HotBotz, Team Apollo, and Girls on Fire teams were well represented. Brad Kemmerer, president and CEO ABCO Automation, welcomed the group and presented a brief overview of ABCO Automation and a review of the engineering design process. Ernie Collett, manufacturing manager ABCO Automation, discussed how designs are turned into parts via drawings, models, cutting, machining, and welding. Attendees were given a tour of ABCO's manufacturing areas before getting to work.
The teams reviewed the 2018 "Power Up" rules and worked on strategies to play the game. The teams have just six weeks from January 6th to ship their robots to their FIRST competition.
The teams will return to ABCO on January 20th for help with prototyping concepts, making parts, designing, and programming. US FIRST Robotics is a great way to encourage students to pursue STEM education and careers. With ABCO's technical skill base and engineering personnel, ABCO is uniquely qualified to support FIRST. For additional information visit: www.firstinspires.org.