The Guard had long noted a hunger for STEM resources. Over the years, the Guard has partnered with several education organizations in its effort to attract talented, technically minded young people. It was through a partnership with SkillsUSA® that the Massachusetts Army National
Guard became aware of a perfect opportunity to help
schools meet their needs: Robotics Urban Search & Rescue.
In this robotics competition (created and sponsored by
Pitsco Education), teams of students design and operate
remote controlled robots through simulated disaster areas,
seeking hidden explosives and disposing of them. One point
of interest was the overlap with the Guard’s expertise. It
maintains multiple explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams
and works with bomb squads in state law enforcement
Providing students with hands-on robotics experience opens doors to
their future. Strengthening STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematics) skills benefits all communities by giving today’s youth
the knowledge they will need to tackle tomorrow’s issues.
Unfortunately, not all schools have the resources to provide these
Now, schools in Massachusetts have a new ally in delivering these
opportunities: the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
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