C&R Manufacturing employees cheer as they watch the parts they machined get destroyed.
It's all part of the fun that is the Battlebots competition.
High school students, local manufacturing companies and teachers partner together to help create a robot that will fight other robots to the death.
The manufacturing industry is facing a wave of retirements in the labor pool, and this program offers a way for high school students to get involved in manufacturing and meet industry professionals. The robotics program supports STEM and is fun and engaging for the students.
C&R Manufacturing worked with several local teams this year. The students start the design process, then consult with C&R staff to ensure they have created a machinable design. They work with engineering software to create the drawings which they provide to C&R to have the parts machined. After assembling and learning to drive their robot, they test their creation at the Regional competition. If they survive that one, its off to the Nationals in Pennsylvania in May.