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Dayco sponsors Van Hoosen Middle School Robotics Team

March 13, 2019 • 3 min read

March 13, 2019 – The Van Hoosen Middle School Robotics Team, Odin’s Robots, is successfully led by eight, 6th grade students. Recently, the team made a special appearance at Dayco’s headquarters located in Troy, Michigan to unveil their strategic plan for success at the upcoming 2019 VEX IQ world championships. While at Dayco, the students presented the different techniques and strategies they’ve developed as a team and conducted a live demonstration to show what it will take to become a 2019 champion.

News Robotics 2019Van Hoosen is one of 9 teams to qualify from Michigan and one of 400 teams to qualify globally to the world championships being held in Louisville, Kentucky April 28th through April 30th. The 6th graders shared with Dayco their robots key design features, pointing out that the robot was engineered entirely out of VEX approved parts and VEX approved software. When planning the design, they made sure to focus on key components, including the robots driving abilities, programming skills and it’s ability to perform alliance work.

When learning about the opportunity, Dayco eagerly jumped on board to support Odin’s Robots and is excited to be involved with the 6th graders initiatives, as they make their way to the championships in Louisville.

“Dayco’s generous sponsorship came as quite a pleasant surprise from the team. We are very appreciative of the support and look forward to competing in Louisville.” said Shanti Raj, Van Hoosen Middle School robotics coach.

The team will use the sponsorship towards registration fees, hotel accommodations and other travel expenses.

“Dayco’s community involvement initiatives and the opportunity to support a team of dedicated and motivated students, couldn’t be a more perfect fit. We look forward to hearing about their competition and wish them the best of luck at the world championships.” said Jake Santora, vice president OE sales.

For more information about the 2019 VEX IQ world championships, visit

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