Despite a broken bolt, a flat tire and countless other issues, the robotics team at Hardin Valley Academy, sponsored by Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, achieved a top 50 ranking at the FIRST® Robotics Championship in St. Louis.
FIRST® stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” and is an effort to get young people excited and involved in science and technology through “robot games.”
CNS believes in the goals of FIRST® and has been a sponsor for several years, both with funding and mentoring. Randy Dziendziel, senior director for CNS Development, said FIRST® “is a great program that teaches students how to partner, manage, communicate and think on the fly.”
As the sponsor/mentor for Hardin Valley Academy’s RoHAWKtics team, he was especially impressed with how the team bonded. “I’ve had the opportunity to watch these students come together as a team and accomplish amazing things on a very short timeline with limited resources,” Dziendziel said.