GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (8/1/14)--CU*Answers Network Services, a provider of managed network services, recently hosted a community computer-aided design (CAD) Camp for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics teams.
The three-day camp was hosted at CU*Answers' corporate headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich. and was presented by Code Red Robotics instructors.
A credit union service organization, CU*Answers provides services for credit unions including its flagship CU*BASE processing system and Internet development services featuring online and mobile banking.
FIRST Robotics is a youth oriented organization that is focused on the growth of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics industries of the world. The goal of FIRST is to interest students of all ages in engineering and math, and to help them discover themselves and become the leaders of tomorrow.
The objective of the camp was to provide beginner CAD skills using PTC Creo commercial CAD software packages to assist in the design and manufacture of robots competing in FIRST events. The skills and techniques learned in the camp are easily transferrable to other industries. Students were members of existing FIRST teams based in West Michigan, and ranged in age from middle school to high school.
"Hosting an event like CAD Camp is a natural fit for CU*Answers as many of our employees are already involved in volunteer organizations like FIRST," said David Wordhouse, VP of Network Technologies. "Credit unions are community organizations, as are most FIRST Robotics teams; so it only makes sense to work together to improve our communities. Working with these students is literally an investment in our collective futures."
The camp was offered to students at no charge. CU*Answers regularly hosts various community events including credit union board meetings, annual membership events, technology training camps, user groups, and other events.