MTI Systems announced its support for the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics club team the MIGHTY Mechanics of Agawam, MA.
“Selecting a career, as we all know, is never an easy process,” said Thomas Charkiewicz, president of MTI Systems. “We are pleased to help young people experience real-life manufacturing while helping them afford more high-tech opportunities through programs such as FIRST Tech Challenge robotics.
MIGHTY Mechanics is part of the First Tech challenge (FTC) program designed for students in grades 7-12 where their robot competes using a sports model. Teams, assisted by coaches, mentors, and volunteers, are responsible for developing strategies to design, build, and program their robots to compete in an alliance format with and against other teams. MIGHTY Mechanics received the “Think Award” during their first tournament in Lexington, MA, which granted them entry into the state competition.
“Our manufacturing customers still see a declining pool of adequately skilled job candidates,” said Charkiewicz. “So when local manufacturers participate and report successful hiring, we know assuredly our contribution is directed at a great cause.”
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