Companies help animate Naperville North robotics projects

Jan 23, 2015 2:46:03 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in connectsense, Create Cut Invent, engineering, engineers, Exelon, Featured In, FIRST Robotics Competition, General, Grid Connect, Huskie Robotics, Lextech, Mark Rowzee, mentor, Molex, Motorola, Naperville, Naperville Central, Naperville North High School, Naperville Sun, Navistar, NNHS, robot



What is 6-foot 5-inches tall and can haul recycling totes and bins to the curb?

For members of the Huskie Robotics Team at Naperville North High School, the answer is obvious. It’s their new robot.

More than 70 students from Naperville North, as well as a handful of Naperville Central students, are building a tall, 120-pound robot as part of this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition.

The Huskie Robotics Team would not be able to function without the assistance of corporate sponsors, said robotics sponsor and science teacher, Mark Rowzee.

Not only do the companies provide monetary support, but many send mentors to work with students.

On any given night, six or seven engineering and other professionals will be on hand to offer whatever help students need. Rowzee estimated mentors devoted more than 300 hours of assistance last year.

This year, Molex and the Exelon Corp. joined the long list of Huskie Robotics sponsors that include Navistar, Grid Connect, Create Cut Invent, ConnectSense, the Motorola Solutions Foundation and Lextech.

Read more at the Naperville Sun.

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Team 3061 Does the “Robot” At FIRST Midwest Regional Tournament

Apr 8, 2014 4:22:29 PM / by Adam Justice posted in Events, FIRST Midwest Regional, FIRST Robotics Competition, General, high school, Huskie Robotics, Illinois, Naperville, Naperville North High School, NNHS, robots, Team 3061


As part of the long-term vision at Grid Connect, we included aspirations to help mentor young engineers in our community.  When we heard about Team 3061 – Huskie Robotics at Naperville North High School (which I am an alumni of) we thought it was a great way for Grid Connect to give back.

We began sponsoring Team 3061 late last season. This year, employees from all different areas of Grid Connect have volunteered their time to help out with engineering, leadership, marketing and other aspects of Team 3061.  It has been a great experience for all of us as we have learned a lot, shared a lot and been thoroughly impressed with what these high school students are capable of.

Team 3061 Chairman's Video for 2014

This past weekend we were able to witness Team 3061 – Huskie Robotics’s competitive spirit as they excitedly participated in the FIRST Midwest Regional robotics tournament.

FIRST Robotics Competition is a multi-national competition where high school students work with science and engineering professionals and other adult mentors to solve an engineering design problem in a fun but competitive way.

On Friday, Team 3061 started their morning with two wins and one loss, ranking eighth overall after a long day of qualification matches. The team continued to work hard on Saturday and took home some amazing acknowledgements including the Gracious Professionalism Award! Arpan Rau of Huskie Robotics also won the FIRST Dean’s List Award, which celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary.

Video from Day 3 of the Midwest Regional

Congratulations to Team 3061 – Huskie Robotics on all of their hard work and great accomplishments this season! The Grid Connect team was proud to cheer you on and looks forward to working with the team for years go come!

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