March 15 2019 11:29 AM

The company's sponsorship will allow the team to compete in an upcoming world robotics championship.

“Odin’s Robots” isn’t the name of a science fiction novel, it’s what the robotics team at Van Hoosen Middle School, Troy, Michigan, is called. And the team is not comprised of robots, but rather, eight clever sixth grade students and their coach.

Recently, the team made a special appearance at the Troy headquarters of Dayco, a company that designs, manufactures and distributes engine products, drive systems and services for the construction, agriculture and other industries, to unveil their strategic plan for success at the upcoming 2019 VEX Robotics World Championship – VEX IQ Challenge, Elementary School Division to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, April 28th through April 30th.

The competition’s host is VEX Robotics of Greenville, Texas, a provider of educational and competitive robotics products to schools, universities and robotics teams around the world. The purpose of the tourney (and the mission of the company itself) is to encourage young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Odin’s Robots is one of nine teams from the state of Michigan that qualified to join the 400 teams from around the globe that will compete.

At Dayco’s headquarters, the students conducted a live demonstration of the robot they built for the contest and shared key design features with Dayco staffers.

The kids were at the headquarters because Dayco is one of their sponsors. When Dayco officials learned of the opportunity to support the team, they eagerly jumped on board. “Dayco’s generous sponsorship came as quite a pleasant surprise to the team,” says Shanti Raj, Van Hoosen Middle School’s robotics coach. “We are very appreciative of the support and look forward to competing in Louisville.”

The sponsorship funds will help pay for registration fees, hotel accommodations and other travel expenses for the team.

“Dayco’s community involvement initiatives and the opportunity to support a team of dedicated and motivated students couldn’t be a more perfect fit,” says Jake Santora, vice president of sales. “We look forward to hearing about the competition and wish them the best of luck at the world championships.”