CSR has an impressive Corporate Social Responsibility programme operating globally. Many CSR locations are actively involved in the community and supporting numerous volunteering schemes.
To read about some of the activities we have taken part in on a global basis please take a look at our website.
On a regular basis my plan is to keep you up-to-date on a range of CSR’s programmes, starting with the Mini-Urban Challenge in San Jose, US.
The Mini-Urban Challenge is an annual high school competition sponsored by the Institution of Navigation (ION) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). It was created to challenge high school students to design and operate a robotic, unmanned car built from a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® kit that can accurately navigate through a LEGO® city. Working with academic advisors and team mentors, the competition provides high school students with experience in collaboration, problem solving, team building and project and time management, and acts to inspire and attract students to the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). High school teams compete on a regional level and winners of the regional competitions are invited to compete in the National Competition.
The California regional competition took place on 5-6 March and 11 teams took part. Photos from the event can be viewed in this slideshow:
The winning team from California was from West High School of Torrance, and they went to the national final which was held in the Smithsonian Lemelson Center in Washington, DC on 21 May. I’m really pleased to say that the regional winners from California, won the national competition!
The press release about their win can be read here: WEST HIGH SCHOOL OF TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA WINS INSTITUTE OF NAVIGATION 2011 MINI-URBAN CHALLENGE
The ION Mini-Urban Challenge is underwritten by the contributions of the competition’s sponsors. There is no cost to the schools or the students to participate in the competition. Each high school team is provided with a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® kit, software and a site license. Sponsoring companies position themselves as leaders in the navigation and engineering community and are recognised as supporting the competition and helping find and attract the next generation of talent.
For more photos and chat about this year’s event, visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/miniurbanchallenge
More from me on Social Responsibility in CSR soon……