A group of talented teens plus the world’s leading STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) engagement program is already a recipe for success. Add in the support of technology and manufacturing companies and their employees, and it becomes even more of a winning combination.
Operation P.E.A.C.C.E., which stands for “Practicing Engineering And Competitive Cooperative Excellence,” is a 4-H robotics team that provides youth opportunities in engineering, leadership, and community involvement throughout Connecticut’s northwest corner. One of HESCO’s customers, the Arthur G. Russell Company, provides the team with their own designated space at their Bristol headquarters for planning, designing, and building robots they use in competitions. And, AGR employees go the extra mile to lend their expertise to the team, taking time before and after work hours to help. Other companies, including HESCO, pitch in financial support as sponsors to help fund equipment and other costs.
“It’s because of support from businesses like HESCO that we are able to participate in year round FIRST Robotics competitions for children ages 9-19 and a wide variety of outreach programs,” said Stephanie Thibeault, one of Operation P.E.A.C.C.E.’s coaches.
There are approximately 25 teen girls and boys on the team. Each season, members get opportunities to lead, be spirited, and be involved in hands-on activities ranging from building a robot to painting and drawing designs. Additionally, they gain skills in communication, business skills, public speaking, coaching, and more.
Operation P.E.A.C.C.E is entering their busy competition season — you can learn more about the team online or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. HESCO wishes the group, their coaches, and supporters the best of luck!