Henderson High School Robotics Club Succeeds from Tronox Donation

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Tronox, a manufacturing plant in Henderson recently donated $5,000 to benefit students in the robotics club at Basic Academy of International Studies.

The donation assisted the program by providing students with an extracurricular activity that will brighten their futures. Due to the generous donation, Basic Robotics Club hosted six competition teams this year alone, which is two more than the previous year. The club now has 22 members, which is the strongest group to date.

Last weekend, Basic’s X Team dominated Faith Lutheran with a 12-1 record. The VEX Tournament hosted 58 teams from Nevada and California, and was the largest tournament ever held in the state. The X Team received the Excellence Award, which is the highest honor in VEX Robotics.

Basic Robotics Club has won two of the last three tournaments, which qualifies three teams to compete in the National Robotics Championship in April.

“It is wonderful to see that our donation has allowed the students to thrive and make great strides in their robotics program,” said Rick Stater, Tronox’s Henderson plant manager. “We are proud of the work that the students and advisors continually accomplish together, and are happy to assist in any way to further their learning opportunities.”

Tronox is a global leader in the mining, production, and marketing of inorganic minerals and chemicals, as well as producer of specialty chemicals including boron products and manganese oxide products. The Tronox electrolytic division is an emerging leader in manganese products, building on their position as one of the largest producers of electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) in the United States. Its product portfolio includes high-performance alkaline EMD, Li-EMD and custom treated EMD for use in lithium (Li) battery applications. Tronox has a long history of R&D production activity in the areas of Li and Li-ion battery materials, including lithium manganese oxide and lithium vanadium oxide.

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