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Silsbee High School robotics program receives $5,000 grant from Westrock

Robots grant

June 30, 2021 – A $5,000 grant has been awarded to Silsbee High School’s robotics program. The district was awarded the grant by Westrock. Vic Miller teaches Principles of Engineering, Robotics I & II, and Digital Electronics. 

He said Westrock contact him at the end of the 2021 school year. The company was interested in promoting STEM and were offering a five-thousand-dollar grant.

“They [Westrock] have been very generous to the district,” said Miller.

The robotics program plans to use the grant money to buy some additional VEX robotics equipment and a CNC milling machine.  CNC machines are computer-controlled machines that can automatically fabricate finished products from raw materials.  

“With the grant, our students will be able to engage in rapid prototyping by designing virtual objects on computers using CAD software (computer aided design) and letting our new CNC mill fabricate the objects for them.  We have already been able to do this with plastics using our 3D printers, but the mill will allow us to quickly fabricate things out of more robust materials including metals,” explained Miller.

Last year, Westrock awarded the Edwards-Johnson Memorial Silsbee Middle School the same grant.