The CenterPoint Energy Tower lobby was the scene for a robotics demonstration put on by local high school students. With several employees looking on, “Disco Ballulator,” a five-foot tall, 120-pound robot, showed off its moves, which included collecting specially made balls and ejecting them through its dual shooter. CNP supported the team, which took part in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. For 12 years, Donald Sevcik, senior engineering consultant, has been involved with the competition, which has now become a family affair. His three sons have participated in the program and his wife has taken on a voluntary role as regional director.
“I have continued as one of the mentors to the high school our sons attended and volunteer at the local competition. The program gives me a wonderful opportunity to work with students, school teachers, local industry engineering mentors and observe the enthusiasm of the participants from around the country embracing science and technology,” said Sevcik.