I’ve been a part of the safety eyewear industry for several years now, though admittedly, “robot building” doesn’t immediately bring to mind thoughts of safety or safety glasses. But don’t tell that to a group of students of Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia.
The Walton Robotics Team is about to participate for their third year in the FIRST® Robotics Competition. As explained in the video below and by student programmer and Executive Director Tyler Durkota,
“The mission of the Walton Robotics Team is to educate, inspire, and provide opportunities in the areas of engineering, leadership, and service. We aim to change the perception of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) through collaboration and encouragement, while having fun. Our team promotes the expansion of literacy and the safe application of skills in order to affect a positive change.
Tyler also pointed out,
“We place a very large emphasis on safety in our team. We have a red-taped line in our build site that nobody is allowed to cross without safety glasses. We also have mandatory safety training, and about 1/4 of the members on our team are OSHA certified.”
The robotics team looked to Safety Glasses USA as their supplier for the safety glasses. Said imprint specialist Denise Milliman, “the team wanted a style that was economical but also effective and comfortable. They also wanted something with a personal touch, so we had their team logo imprinted on one temple, and our company logo on the other. It’s always nice to get an excited reaction from customers when they receive their glasses. They really turned out sharp.” Durkota apparently agreed, and had this to say upon receiving them:
“They are fantastic! We will be sure to put them to good use. Our roster has grown significantly from last year, and now we have the necessary equipment to keep them safe.”
He again emphasized,
“Safety is paramount to our team. We are currently training our new members in our general safety course, and will soon be using the glasses very frequently.”
The 2011 season kicks off in January. Safety Glasses USA wishes the Walton Robotics Team the best of luck.