Curbell Plastics Donation Supports High School Robotics Team

SUNY Polytechnic Institute Mentors Local High School Team with Students from Several Area Schools

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Beth Summers
Curbell Plastics, Inc.
716-667-3377 x7439

Orchard Park, NY, July 11, 2017 – Orchard Park-based Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s premier suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film, adhesives, sealants, and prototyping materials, continues its support of high school and college level student teams in robotics. Curbell made a recent donation of materials to a regional high school team guided by college students at Utica, NY-based SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

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Students working on finalizing the practice robot for this years FIRST Steamworks competition.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a global organization that hosts robotics competitions for high school teams. Students from a number of area high schools including Proctor, New Hartford, Sauquoit, and Whitesboro make up a regional team and work with college mentors from SUNY Polytechnic Institute. The college coordinates the team, provides work space and mentors, primarily engineering and computer science students, who previously competed at the high school level in robotics and are now sharing their experience and expertise with younger students.

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Team 5030 robot in competition, climbing to a buzzer to earn the team an extra 50 points.

In FIRST Competitions, student teams have six weeks to build a robot based on specific guidelines including size, weight, and type of competition provided by the organization. Once the six weeks are up, the team can no longer touch the robot until the competition. Many teams build two robots so that they can practice with the back-up one. Team 5030 competed as part of the global organization in Rochester, N.Y. at the Rochester Institute for Technology (RIT) in March and earned a 4th place finish.

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Team 5030 participants.

Curbell Plastics, Syracuse, NY location donated sheets of polycarbonate to the team after the students reached out in search of sponsorships for the robot they built in preparation for competition.

According to Dominick Ferone, a rising senior and team mentor at SUNY Polytechnic, “The donation from Curbell Plastics was so helpful because it was the exact type of material we were hoping to use and they were generous enough to provide what we needed for the competition robot as well as our back-up robot. This allowed us to practice prior to the event after we submitted our final robot to the competition. Having that practice time can make an enormous difference in how we approach the competition.” 

Curbell Plastics, Inc. strategy of investing for the long term and focusing on customer needs has led the organization to grow from a small machine shop to one of the nation’s leading suppliers of plastic materials serving commercial and industrial customers since 1942. Curbell not only supplies plastic materials in nearly every form for thousands of commercial businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies but also provides innovative services, creative problem solving, and next-day delivery. Curbell Plastics has ISO 9001 certification for nine of their locations and corporate headquarters as well as ITAR and EAR compliance. A subsidiary of Curbell, Inc., Curbell Plastics is a privately held company with a 75-year history headquartered in Orchard Park, New York.