Delta is sponsoring a team of seven students from the AON-Robotics Team at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, who have qualified to participate in the VEX U Robotics World Championship 2016.
“Supporting education is part of Delta’s global commitment to give back to the communities we serve, and sponsoring the AON-Robotics Team sends a message to students to stay focused and motivated,” said Jose "Pepe" Zapata, Delta’s General Manager — Central America and the Caribbean. “In Delta’s latest ad campaign we say, ‘There is no stop in us, or you, only go,’ and we want students everywhere to echo that sentiment and be inspired to achieve their dreams.”
Delta will be flying the group of talented engineering students from various disciplines to Lewisville, Ky., on April 20, enabling them to compete in robotics matches against some of the best engineering universities in the world.
“It took our team a total of seven months to design and build our two robots,” said Cristian Rodriguez, AON-Robotics programmer. “The robots are designed to pick up spheres of four inches in diameter and to throw them through a three-foot high net at a distance of 12 feet. In essence, we are going to have our Puerto Rican robots play basketball against two robots from another team. This may sound simple, but it is not.”
The robots will have to compete in part without human interference and there will be a driver-controlled part of the challenge.
This is not the first year the AON-Robotics Team will attend the Championship. At last year’s competition, they came in 32nd in the world. More recently, the team achieved the Excellence Award in VEX Robotics — the highest prize available at the Puerto Rico College Robotics Competition. In addition to the Excellence Award, they also won the Design, Robot Skills and Finalist awards.
Delta is providing transportation for the AON-Robotics Team to and from the competition to ensure they will be able to test their skills on an international stage. Through this and other educational programs, Delta is proud to prove its commitment to promoting and supporting education in Latin America and the Caribbean.