A different kind of robocall
CNS contributed corporate funds and provided employee mentors and volunteers to TN FIRST to support the ninth annual Smoky Mountains Regional robotics program held recently at Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville.
More than 800 students competed on 52 teams from across the Southeast to qualify for one of 14 judged awards and a spot at the 30th National Robotics competition April 17–20.
CNS also supports local FIRST robotics programs, which begin in January when the season’s challenge is announced. This year, teams had six weeks to create an industrial-sized, 150-pound robot that can maneuver through unpredictable terrain and weather patterns to gather as many cargo pods as possible and to prepare their spaceships before a sandstorm arrives. In 2019, teams receiving CNS corporate contributions included Oak Ridge, South Doyle, Webb School of Knoxville, Farragut, Hardin Valley, Roane County, and Austin East schools.
CNS’s commitment to education and workforce development through robotics and other programs will ensure the future Y-12 workforce has the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills required to maintain the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.
Watch a short video about the competition.