We are excited to announce that we have received a STEM grant from Marathon Petroleum Corporation this year — funding our participation in the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition this season! We are very thankful to have them as our new partner and have already begun putting this grant to work for the students.
Marathon Petroleum Corporation is a leading energy company and operates the nation’s largest refining system.
Thank you to Marathon Petroleum Corporation for their investment in students from the San Antonio community, enabling engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning, experiences, and education.
The Screaming Chickens Robotics program provides hands-on, real-world learning experiences for students from all over the San Antonio area, representing three different public high schools, one public charter school, and home school students as well. With funding support from partners such as Marathon Petroleum Corporation, we are able to open up the exciting FIRST Robotics Competition opportunities to students without a team at their local high school!
Several of the students are preparing a video to submit to the Congressional App Challenge in District 20. Peter participated in this last year in his district and won. He took a trip to DC to meet and mingle with other winners as well as members of congress.
We have been lucky to have re:3D as a generous sponsor over the past few years. They have provided Screaming Chickens with 3D printing filament, large format parts, polycarbonate sheets, and even tours of their facility.
re:3D is a leading 3D printing company, known for pushing the current limitations and breaking down barriers. Gigabot, their flagship technology, is assisting in the goal of spreading 3D printing capability for bigger ideas.
Thank you for being supportive of STEM learning experiences and robotics!
We decided to try something we have talked about for the past couple years: reversible bumpers! Thanks to some great video tutorials online, we think these will turn out well. These should be more efficient to create, while also saving space, and maybe even some time at competitions?
In other news, electrical wiring is in full swing as well.
A few of our team members signed up to participate in the 4-H Agrobotics Challenge at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo this year. They will compete on Friday, February 15th, beginning at 9am. Late last year, KSAT News interviewed a few students on their participation in the event.
Not a bad break in the middle of FRC Build Season crunch time!