Curbell Plastics Provides Durable Materials for Webster High Schools Robotics Program

SparX team builds robot for FIRST Robotics Competition

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

ORCHARD PARK, NY – August 28, 2018 – Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s premier suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube and film continued its support of high school robotics programs with a donation to Webster High Schools. Curbell Plastics donated plastic materials to the SparX team for construction of a robotic device for a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competition held at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Donation of durable HDPE, polycarbonate, fluted polypropylene, and nylon, helps the SparX team build their competition robot.

The SparX team worked to design and build a robot from scratch, using specifications and rules from FIRST, a global organization that promotes hands-on learning of science and technology for students around the world. The team competed at the FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional. The team was in need of durable materials that could stand up to the rigor of the robotics competition and would protect the internal gears and workings of the robot. Plastics are often preferred in robotics because they are lightweight, durable and flexible. Curbell Plastics was able to help by donating HDPE sheet, polycarbonate sheet, fluted polypropylene sheet, and nylon rod for the build.

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Webster High Schools SparX Robotics team.

According to Patrick Castrechini, Business Manager for Curbell Plastics Rochester and Western New York locations, “We are always happy to help high school robotics teams, particularly since many of them seek plastics for their design. It is also a win for us, especially if the teams can use some of our inventory that may be headed for recycling or a landfill. We are able to reduce our environmental footprint and support students and education at the same time.”

About Curbell Plastics

Curbell Plastics, Inc. strategy of investing for the long term and focusing on customer needs has led the organization to grow into one of the nation’s Top Five plastic materials distributors serving commercial and industrial customers since 1942.

Curbell supplies plastic sheet, rod, tube and film materials as well as adhesives and fabricated plastic parts to thousands of commercial businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies while offering 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 76-year history headquartered in Orchard Park, New York.