Partnership With Boeing Helped Local Student In Robotics Competition

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) - Evan Stroh's major has something to do with mechanical men.
'I'm studying electrical engineering,' says Evan Stroh.  'That plays a major role in robot construction if I do say so.'

Stroh is a freshman at Washington University.

But last year at Parkway South, he and his robotics team qualified for the first robotics championships at the Edward Jones Dome and he had help from some bright minds at Boeing.

'I really have a passion because of the STEM, science technology engineering and mathematics,' says Paul DeGroot an Associate Technical Fellow with Boeing.  'It's an awesome way to get the kids interested and learning about science and technology.  They get to apply it.'

Paul DeGroot has applied what he knows, spending 500 hours of his own time to mentor students like Stroh.  The aerospace giant is helping students who have some robotics experience with some real life scholarships.

'I just applied and my mentors from my high school helped me with some letters of recommendations and the rest was on Boeing's side and they took care of the rest,' says Stroh.

Boeing has 26 teams they're partnering with from around the world who are coming to St. Louis this week for the robotics championships.

It's through their mentoring program that professionals are able to pass along what they know to new minds in need of some guidance.

'That includes hardware, electrical, mechanical and pneumatics as well as software and programming,' says DeGroot.  'There's very much a multi discipline skill set that's used.'

While building a 120 pound robot seems like a lot of fun, it's the team experiences that aren't taught but learned that will carry over to the real world.

'Whether it be a robot here at school or one day with Boeing, that`s something I'll always enjoy doing,' says a beaming Stroh.

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