Salas O’Brien is a long-time supporter of programs that engage students in exploring a passion for STEM. This past week, one of these was on full display as the firm-sponsored Juniper Robotics team from Sycamore High School in Montgomery, Ohio competed at the 2024 FIRST Championship in Houston, Texas. The team ranked #4 in the world, competing in front of over 50,000 attendees from more than 50 countries in this global event.

The firm also sponsors Gyrobotic Droids, a homeschool group also out of the Cincinnati area. They competed in the Ohio FIRST  Tech Challenge Tournament held in March, placing #2 and coming off a #8 worldwide ranking earlier in the year.

These programs are an exciting way for young students to get hands-on experience and learn important skills like:

  • 3D CAD (Onshape) and how to create 3D printed parts
  • Programming in Java with Android Studio using GitHub
  • How to use a camera to scan 2D codes for navigation
  • How to solve challenges as a team
  • Communication, teamwork, and engineering skills
It is so inspiring to see the creativity and innovation that these young students bring to their projects. We have a big opportunity through these programs to inspire the next generation of engineers and show them that their ideas and inventions can someday make a big difference in the world.
Jamie LandersSr. Vice President, Principal Engineer at Salas O’Brien

Salas O’Brien’s support extends across North America through a number of related programs and firm-led events. The firm recently sponsored San Jose State University’s College of Engineering Showcase during the university’s Research Week, along with the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences annual expo, both held to highlight student projects and the next generation of talent, innovation, research, and design. Salas O’Brien is also a long-time sponsor of the ACE mentorship program with team members active in affiliates across the country and hosts an annual high school virtual career conference giving students the chance to interact with engineering and technical professionals.

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