Eagan, Minn. (April 2010) – John Henry Foster (JHF), one of the largest compressed air systems distributors in the Upper Midwest, is proud to show its support to the industry and community by contributing to the first ever Burnsville, Minn. Robotics Team. Monetary contributions help support the team by purchasing necessary materials and tools to construct a robot.

Robotic competitions are intense and competitive programs designed to encourage the development of students’ interests in the areas of engineering, math and science. By doing so, this helps prepare young minds to work and thrive in our increasingly technological world. The team attempts to solve an engineering design problem though building, programming, and designing a robot that performs an assigned task. The assigned task this year was similar to a soccer game. The robot’s kicker mechanism utilized a compressed air actuator (Bimba Manufacturing air cylinder) that JHF supplies and distributes. The Burnsville robotics team consisted of a group of 14 local students from Burnsville High School who completed their project from start to finish in a short six-week span. After participating in a regional competition at the U of M campus on April 1-3, the team placed 41st out of 63 teams they competed against. The top six winners advanced to the national championship in Atlanta on April 15.

“We were excited to be a part of the competition” said John Hawkins, JHF’s president and CEO. “We want to encourage young people to set educational goals, especially with the advancing need for technically trained students in America. While it may be a coincidence that this competition takes place during the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, imagine what aspirations could be achieved if the same level of attention was directed towards traditional education goals.”

John Henry Foster (www.jhfoster.com) is dedicated to serving our clients with the most cutting-edge products available on the market today. With over 70 years of experience, we are one of the Midwest’s leading compressed air systems distributors and service providers and are uniquely qualified to assist our clients from design to build. We provide both capital and pneumatic components consultatively, allowing us to partner with both the supply and demand sides of compressed air systems. Our team of experts provides customized solutions that impact our clients’ consistency, reliability and profitability, while continuing to demonstrate our knowledge of the latest industry trends and solutions. Headquartered in Eagan, Minn. with a facility in Fargo, N.D., John Henry Foster employs over 75 technical, service and professional staff.

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