Echo Incorporated and the Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 kicked off a robotics-based partnership between the two organizations August 29. District 95 has agreed to be a test site for Echo’s autonomous mowers, with one unit currently operating on one of the Lake Zurich High School (LZHS) baseball fields. This partnership provides the students with real-world engineering and problem-solving experience while also helping Echo Robotics test and troubleshoot the autonomous mowers before they hit the U.S. market.
“The Echo business-education partnership is a model for 21st-century learning: connecting students with real-world opportunities like the autonomous mower project, internships or job shadowing solidifies the learning connection while also developing the workforce of the future,” said District 95 Superintendent Kaine Osburn.
In addition to the partnership, Echo has agreed to provide material support for the LZHS robotics program and give an annual $20,000 donation to the District 95 Educational Foundation for the robotics team, the Bearbotics. The team competes annually in the FIRST Robotics Competition against other premier high school robotics teams from across the nation.
“We are very excited about our partnership with the Lake Zurich School District,” said Vice President of Echo Incorporated Joe Fahey. “Through our robotics program, we will be able to engage students interested in engineering, robotics, computer science and business principles by allowing them to learn and participate in the development of our industry-changing technology.”