Curbell Plastics Material Donations Help Texas High School Robotics Team

South Grand Prairie High School Recently Competed in World Championships

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Orchard Park, NY, April 25, 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, has been an invaluable partner to the South Grand Prairie High School Robotics Team that recently competed in the FIRST Robotics World Championships. The Arlington, Texas location of Curbell Plastics provided a variety of plastic materials to the team, plus material training on properties to assist students in selecting the best materials for specific robot parts.

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Left: South Grand Prairie High School Robotics team member works with a Makrolon® polycarbonate sheet to create a gear shoot for the robot.
Right: The team's 2017 robot for the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Created in 2001, the South Grand Prairie High School Robotics Team is focused on learning about the engineering process, science, technology, and is outspoken about the importance of those disciplines to modern society. The team competes against other high schools as part of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics program. It’s recognized as a “Varsity Sport for the Mind.” The students that make up the team are responsible for generating ideas for the robots and their functionality, then transferring those ideas to the design and build of the machine. The team recently finished 14th at the World Championships in Houston, TX competing against 600 high school teams.

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South Grand Prairie High School Team after winning their medals for being a finalist at the FIRST Robotics Brazos Valley Regional and qualifying for the World Championship.

According to David Ricks, program engineer and public relations coordinator, “Our team is completely funded by sponsorships and fundraising so we are very appreciative of the support from Curbell Plastics with donations, discounts, and the material expertise they provide to the students.”

Erik Luke, Business Manager for Curbell Plastics Arlington, TX commented, “We have been working with the team for about a year assisting with materials and plastic information. When they reached out to us, we knew it was something that we wanted to get involved with. It seemed like a great project and we see it as a wonderful way to connect with the next generation of engineers, scientists, and researchers, introducing them to the world of performance plastics.”

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, ITAR and EAR compliance, and their Phoenix, Arizona location is AS9120 certified. A subsidiary of Curbell, Inc., Curbell Plastics is a privately held company with a 75-year history headquartered in Orchard Park, New York.