(Henderson, Nev.) – Robert L. Taylor Elementary School, with Tronox, hosted its third annual kick-off party to celebrate the school’s longtime robotics program on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The club launch was held in the Robert L. Taylor multi-purpose room.
Dr. Larry Pilon, Robotics Club founder, and Rick Stater, Tronox Henderson Plant Manager, gave brief presentations about the Robotics Club and its mission. Guests viewed display robots from previous years from both the Robert L. Taylor Elementary Robotics Club and the Basic High School Robotics Team, which is also sponsored by Tronox. Parents and students also had the opportunity to meet engineers, fellow robotics members, and instructors.
In attendance was city of Henderson Councilman John Marz, Tronox employees and fellow manufacturers, Robert L. Taylor Elementary school students, parents and faculty, and the Basic High School Robotics Team.
About the Robert L. Taylor Elementary School Robotics Club
The Robert L. Taylor Robotics Club was initiated seven years ago by Dr. Larry Pilon, with the intent of challenging fifth grade students with hands-on science projects outside of the required curriculum. Students work in teams on the NXT Robotic Unit and, this year, the Simple Machines Unit was added for fourth grade students to enhance their interest in preparation for next year’s robotics. Tronox is a longtime sponsor of the Robert L. Taylor Robotics Club.
Tronox is the world’s largest fully integrated producer of titanium ore and titanium dioxide, as well as a producer of specialty chemicals including sodium chlorate, boron products and manganese oxide products. The Tronox electrolytic division is an emerging leader in Manganese products, building on their position as the largest producer of Electrolytic Manganese Dioxide (EMD) in the United States. Their 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 and production activity in the area of Li and Li