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    Supporting Future Engineers

    May 26, 2021


    The future of our industry lies in the hands of our youth today. So, when we’re faced with an opportunity to empower and develop the next generation of engineers, it’s not a responsibility we take lightly.

    Balfour Beatty, in partnership with the Houston Waterworks Team (HWT), a joint venture team building the $1.77 billion Houston Northeast Water Purification Plant (NEWPP) in Texas, had the honor of serving as a sponsor for Team Cyber Shock #5261 in the 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition.

    The FIRST® Robotics Competition, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, challenges a team of high school students to raise funds, design a team brand and utilize team-building skills to build and engineer an industrial-sized robot in preparation for a championship-style sporting game against competing robots.

    As sponsors, the NEWPP team volunteered time, talent and resources to guide a group of Summer Creek High School students through the nearly year-long competition process, including contest preparation, build strategy, challenge submissions and final judgment.

    Additionally, the Balfour Beatty NEWPP project team happily donated a Husky Mechanics tool set and Home Depot gift cards to enable Team Cyber Shock #5261 to purchase the necessary materials to build and program their robot. 

    “The Balfour Beatty team, like all of our supporters, were a tremendous backing system. Their commitment to the team and extreme demonstration of generosity was absolutely amazing and was a key factor to the success of Team Cybershock #5261 Season 2021,” says David Atwood, HWT public information officer.

    Team Cyber Shock #5261 virtually entered submissions for three engineering, innovation and design team-based challenges:

    • INFINITE RECHARGESM Robot Challenge – team challenged to demonstrate their robot’s technical skills and abilities

    • Game Design Challenge – team challenged to design an original FIRST competition game for their robot and competed for awards based on design, concept, imagery, engineering and creativity

    • FIRST® Innovation Challenge – team challenged to identify a global issue and explore an innovative solution to help people and communities keep, regain or achieve optimum physical and/or mental health and fitness through active play or other forms of movement

    In April, Team Cyber Shock #5261 advanced to the final round for judgement. For the INFINITE RECHARGESM Robot Challenge, the team placed 13th place out of 30 national and international teams. For the FIRST® Innovation Challenge, the team placed 19th place out of 31 teams. For the Game Design Challenge, the team placed 11th out of 31 teams.

    With nearly 73,000 high-school students participating in the FIRST® Robotics Competition across the globe, we are proud to support Team Cyber Shock #5261 and the next generation of engineers.