blast navigating the robots remotely from a command
center with the aid of a spotter at the course. Or, if a
teacher wishes, the Guard can provide a more in-depth
experience – presenting a whole class on robotics and
search and rescue. The mobile trailers and the expertise the
Guard offers are key to this versatility.
A BENEFIT TO ALL
Through the program, students are exposed to the
National Guard and its mission to serve community and
country. Students interested in robotics or disaster relief can
form a vision of their career path based on what they
experience. For the Guard members leading the Urban
Search & Rescue program, the reward is also personal.
Battalion Commander Lieutenant Eric J. Dinoto shared
his own story:
“I was born and raised here in Massachusetts and have
two great kids attending our local high school, so to say
that I am invested in enhancing our children’s education is
an understatement. The Massachusetts Army National
Guard is the original community-based organization, and as
citizen-soldiers we pride ourselves on giving back to our
Guard units across the country have noticed the
success of the Massachusetts program and the
extraordinary STEM opportunity it offers for the state.
“Some of these schools just don’t have the ability to
purchase things of this scale on their own,” said Sergeant
“To give them access to that on our site — it’s a win-win for them. We have a great time doing it, and it has
brought us into a lot of schools that really want STEM
Start Your Own USAR Competition Team
Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) is a SkillsUSA
competition event for high school and postsecondary teams.
Sponsored by Pitsco Education, the fast-growing event challenges
competitors to engineer a robot that can remove simulated
ordnance from a course within a specified time.
Teams are judged and scored on a variety of criteria.
Everything from robot design, the team’s engineering notebook,
an oral evaluation at the competition site, a written exam, and
performance on the Challenge Course are scored and judged.
Learn more and download the official 2018 Robotics: Urban
Search & Rescue Technical Standards at:
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