Tronox Assists Basic Academy Robotics with Donation

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 and community support that Tronox provides, Basic Robotics Club now has back-to-back state championship wins in robotics to add to its list of achievements.

After 70 qualification matches last weekend, Basic’s Z team was undefeated and remained as the top seed going into the finals. The Basic Z team partnered with Basic’s A team and a team from Clark High School to crush every other opponent in the tournament. Basic’s Z team went 14-0, defeating top-ranked Cimarron High School in multiple matches, which is an unprecedented accomplishment at a state-level tournament.

Basic Robotics Club will now begin to prepare for the U.S. Open Robotics Championship that takes place early April in Iowa, as well as the VEX Robotics World Championship (High School Division) in Kentucky in late April. The team is currently fundraising to meet the costs for their travel expenses to the U.S. Open and VEX World Championships.

“It heartens me to see these students competing in national robotics competitions. I saw a need to drive STEM programs and thankfully was able to assist with that need,” said Rick Stater, Henderson plant manager at Tronox. “We are proud to help the programs succeed, and we enjoy being an integral part of these learning opportunities.”

To donate to the Basic Robotics program, please contact Mark Reed at

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13 Action News: Tronox donates large check to high school Robotics Team

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Tronox manufacturing plant donated $5,000 to Basic High School’s Robotics Team on Oct. 21.

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The Henderson Press: Tronox Donates $5K To Robotics Team

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Tronox, a Henderson manufacturing plant, donated $5,000 to benefit the Basic High School Robotics Team, Oct. 21. This is the third year they will be serving as the team’s primary sponsor.

The Basic team, a longstanding club at Basic High School, teaches students the engineering components of robotics, and how to build robots through advanced production methods.

Mark Reed, head of the Basic High School Robotics Team says, “Since Tronox has come on as a sponsor, our team has had the ability to work on more advanced robotics machines and participate in national competitions.

“Through these competitions, the team has earned recognitions and learned from other team displays. All of this would not be possible without Tronox’s generous donation each year. We are truly grateful to have Tronox as a community sponsor and partner.”

Rick Stater, Henderson Plant Manager, says, “We are proud to give back to such a dedicated and hardworking set of students.

“Charitable giving is a huge part of Tronox’s corporate culture, and providing the means to support educational opportunities for our youth is truly rewarding for our company and employees.”

The Basic High School Robotics Team is lead by William Fitzpatrick, who started the team in 2002. The program continues to grow in numbers and capabilities each year, and is open to junior and senior students.


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Tronox Donates $5,000 to Fund Basic High School Robotics Team

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(Henderson, Nev.)- Tronox, a Henderson manufacturing plant, recently donated $5,000 to benefit the Basic High School Robotics Team on October 21, 2014. This is the third year they will be serving as the team’s primary sponsor.

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