Robotics programming now ‘in the books’ for Marble Falls’ engineering students



By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Randy Guffey’s aerospace engineering students at Marble Falls High School are accustomed to doing cool things like building and launching rockets, but his students this year will also get to learn how to use cutting edge robots.

This fall, upperclassmen will learn how to control and program a FANUC robot, a product of FANUC America, which is a robotics company that accounts for about 70 percent of the industrial robotics market share, Guffey said.

 “I’m looking forward to seeing it,” Guffey added, saying the robot will arrive in September or October.

The robot is on order from Technical Laboratory Systems, Inc. (Tech-Labs), a company founded to help accelerate technical and vocational programs at educational institutions in Texas and in Oklahoma.

Footing the bill will be the Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD.) About $37,000 of the $2.4 million of bond money allocated to the career and technical education (CTE) program will be used for the purchase of the robot, installation, software and “high-dollar” training for Guffey. 

For the full story, see Tuesday's Highlander.

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