Xtreme BOTS is a program
where local students design and build custom-built, remote controlled robots to
face-off in competition. Through the process of robot building, student's
imaginations are captured as they design, build, and compete with their own robotic
creations; and through this hands-on effort, students gain practical knowledge
of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math - all
essential skills for manufacturing.
What is DRMA's Involvement?
The Dayton Region
Manufacturers Association started the bots program in 2006 because it provides
the "wow" factor for students and is, therefore, a great way to
expose students to careers in manufacturing.
And, we learned that not only does it help to create intelligent, bright,
self-confident kids with a full palette of engineering skills, and make
engineering cool, but Xtreme BOTS is also creating our future innovators and is
training a future workforce who knows how to trouble shoot, problem solve, and
invent new technology – the exact kind of employee that employers need; indeed,
the exact kind of employee that will help keep local manufacturing companies
thriving in this ever-changing climate of globalization.
DRMA saw the program through its start up and growth, got it fully tuned and
turnkeyed so that it could be turned over to Ohio Robotics so they can
focus exclusively on the program.
DRMA will continue to support the Xtreme BOTS program in various ways,
including recruiting member companies to serve as technical advisors to teams.
This move will free up scarce DRMA resources (both funding and volunteer time)
to move on to other workforce development and career awareness programs.
For more information
about Xtreme Bots, contact Rebecca Cantrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.