igus Inspires Next Generation of Engineers
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – January 6, 2009 – For the fifth consecutive season, igus® has joined forces with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)—a not-for-profit organization that inspires young people’s interest and participation in science and technology—as a gold supplier of its robotics competition.
The FIRST Robotics Competition gold supplier level denotes a contribution between $50,000 and $200,000. igus donated various plastic machinery components, including:
- micro Energy Chain® cable carriers;
- DryLin® N linear guide systems;
- iglide® plastic plain bearings;
- igubal® spherical bearings; and
- DryLin S aluminum shafting.
The igus components are included in the robotic competition’s kit of parts, which was distributed to more than 1,680 high school teams on January 3, 2009.
“For 18 years, the FIRST organization has been working to create a culture where students not only emulate leaders in science, technology, and engineering, but also realize the potential within themselves to someday be one of those pioneers,” says FIRST president, Paul R. Gudonis. “igus is helping to instill those values and beliefs in today’s youth. Like FIRST, igus aims to excite students about pursuing careers in engineering.”
igus donated the parts in conjunction with its Y.E.S. (Young Engineers Support) Program, designed to foster the mechanical design ideas of students with a passion for engineering. Through Y.E.S., igus sponsors a number of engineering competitions, including FIRST, and also offers in-class presentations and free products to students of all ages.
On January 3, FIRST unveiled the annual engineering challenge called “Lunacy” to the teams. During competition, the robots will have to use “orbit balls”, designated as moon rocks, empty cells or super cells, to score in trailer hitches attached to the robots of opposing teams.
More than 42,000 students from 10 countries will design and build robots to compete in regional events with winners advancing to the FIRST Championship in Atlanta, Ga. in April 2009. Since 1992, FIRST has brought the excitement of a sporting event to science and technology via robotics competitions.
igus Inc., founded in 1985 and based in East Providence, R.I., develops and manufactures industry-leading plastic cable carriers, continuous-flex cables, plastic plain bearings and linear guide systems. With more than 28,000 products available from stock, the company meets the motion control and machinery component needs of customers worldwide. Product lines include Energy Chain Systems® to protect and house moving cables, Chainflex® continuous-flex cables, iglide self-lubricating, oil-free, plastic bearings, DryLin linear guide systems and igubal spherical bearings. For more information, contact igus at (800) 521-2747 or visit www.igus.com.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With the support of many of the world’s most well-known companies, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge for high-school students, FIRST LEGO League for children 9-14 years old, and Junior FIRST LEGO League for 6 to 9 year-olds. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.