Jefferson High School robotics team helps the environment by collecting E-waste and scrap metal

The “FIRST 1646” robotics team at Jefferson High School is helping the community dispose of unwanted electronics

Posted: Nov 17, 2018 6:44 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2018 8:56 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- The “FIRST 1646” robotics team at Jefferson High School is helping the community dispose of unwanted electronics.

The team hosted its annual e-waste and scrap metal collecting event on Nov.17. The team partnered with the Lafayette metal recycling company Oscar Winski, which will properly dispose the items. Some items they will keep to be used to build their robot for a tournament they're competing in early next year.

“FIRST 1646” robotics business officer Chase Arnold said this event not only gives them an opportunity to collect pieces for their robot but it also gives them a chance to help the community.

“FIRST wants us to be in the community, they want us to get involved, they want us to build the community up and they want us to be smart about it. This is the varsity sport for the mind,” said Arnold.

“FIRST 1646” robotics team technical officer Jasmine Widgery said people are able to take there items straight to Oscar Winski but donating through the robotics team is a big help for them.

“The money that people are donating goes to our team so that we can pay for registration fees and robot parts and other fees that we need to pay during the build season,” said Widgery.

Starting in January the team has six weeks to build a robot using only off the shelf and unmodified products. They will compete against other robotics teams across the nation in late February.

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