PHS Robotics Club Gets Donations From New Sponsors

PHS student Noah Brodke demonstrates how to drive the robot to Tracie Dahlke, the Administrative Vice President of Loan Operations at Firelands

The Perkins Robotics Club is gearing up for another exciting year as it continues to plan a satellite project with NASA and the club’s participation in annual regional robotics competitions. On Wednesday, the club members, advisors, and friends met with sponsors for an update.

Two local businesses, Firelands Federal Credit Union and Gilbert Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Inc., donated $4,000 to help the club operate during the 2021-2022 school year. 

Tracie Dahlke, the Administrative Vice President of Loan Operations at Firelands, and Dustin Austin, the Assistant Vice President at Firelands Sandusky office, were on hand to give the club a $3,000 donation. Mrs. Dahlke and Mr. Austin also took turns driving the club’s competition robot with the help of club members. 

Todd Runkle, the owner of Gilbert Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Inc., also attended the session and met with club members. His company donated $1,000.

The guests also got a glimpse of the prototypes being developed as part of the NASA project announced last spring. The project entails the club developing and building a robotic gaming satellite that would be launched on a future mission to the International Space Station. 

The club's selection by NASA not only did that announcement get the attention of local media, but it also drew the interest of Lt. Ohio Gov. Jon Husted and U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

The project with NASA is an ongoing program and will continue to develop as milestones are met.

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The Robotics Club, is under the direction of advisor John Stout, an engineering teacher at Perkins High School and Briar Middle School. The club formally kicks off competition next winter and will compete in regional events in Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

The PHS Robotics Club and its sponsors from Firelands Federal Credit Union

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