STEM Grant Helps Stephen-Argyle Team Ready Its Robot For Competition

STEM Grant Helps Stephen-Argyle Team Ready Its Robot For Competition

The 5658 Storm Robotics Team at Stephen-Argyle Central proudly demonstrated its newly constructed 2016 robot when American Crystal employees visited the school Feb. 18th to present the school with a $5,000 grant to support participation in international robot-building competition.

Stephanie Sand and Dominick Raedeke not only got a sneak peek at the team’s robot, they met all 17 team club members and learned how the robot was built over the last six weeks, what it can do, and how competition works. Sand, a chemical analyst at American Crystal’s Moorhead Technical Services Center, and Raedeke, a process engineer at the Drayton factory, both served on the grant selection committee.

Stephen-Argyle Central is using its STEM grant funds to continue participating in robot-building competition—mostly by buying equipment and paying for travel to regional competition. A rookie group last year, this year’s Storm team includes students from 7th through 11th grade, and is eagerly gearing up for the 120-team FIRST Robotics Competition being held in Duluth, MN in March.

Tim Paulson, the school’s chemistry and math teacher, leads the team. Several community mentors are also involved in the project.

The STEM grant is being provided through the Community Roots Giving Program, which has recently been expanded to deepen American Crystal’s commitment and impact on the communities where its employees live and work.