Cascade Engineering Technologies, Inc., provided the club with largest donation it has received

WENDY HUTCHINSON - Canby Robotics members receive a check from Cascade Engineering Technologies, Inc. President Dirk Ellis (left). The students are from left to right: Kaye Hutchinson, Alex Sunderland, Cole Kuehl and Ethan Porter.
When Canby High's robotics club sent a letter to businesses seeking sponsorship, they were shocked when Cascade Engineering Technologies, Inc. offered them $1,000.

"It's a huge donation," said Wendy Hutchinson, the parent volunteer in charge of fundraising. "It's the largest one we've ever received."

Cascade Engineering Technologies, Inc. manufactures structures for the aerospace industry, and robotics is involved in every step of the manufacturing process. According to Hutchinson, the company made the donation not only as a generous gift, but also as an investment in the next generation of engineers.

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, members of Canby High School First Tech Challenge Robotics teams were invited to Cascade Engineering to receive the check and tour the facilities.

"It was really nice to see someone really care about what these kids are doing," Hutchinson said. "The robotics team, we're quiet in the corner with our laptops…there's no fireworks when one of our kids scores points, but it's still really exciting what we do.

"So, it was just really nice to be recognized with a big pile of money, saying, what you guys are doing is important," she added. "It was almost like fireworks really."

Canby's Robotics club, in its sixth year, is made up of 15 students on two teams called Cougarbots and Mechanicougs. The teams operate with the assistance of Administrator Jennifer Gingerich, parent volunteers including Hutchinson and coach Angi Nissly and volunteer mentors from the field of engineering such as retired engineer Randy Prakken.

The team is already at work and will compete at tournaments in November through February, when the state championship is held. The team may compete longer if they make it past state and to the World Championships.

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