When Vince Purcell, the robotics coach at D’Evelyn High School, contacted Newmont to see if his team could share a marketing presentation with local mining professionals, he received an enthusiastic response.
“We would love to be able to support the D’Evelyn High School Robotics Team,” said John Kinneberg, Newmont’s Group Executive for Mine Engineering.
On Thursday, October 15, the 12-member high school robotics club brought their robot to Newmont’s Greenwood Village offices, sharing their design and marketing presentation with members of the Technical Services team. The D’Evelyn robotics team will compete in the Rocky Mountain BEST Robotics Competition (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) on October 23 and 24. As part of the preparation for the event, the students are encouraged to obtain feedback from industry professionals.
“The marketing presentation is designed to simulate the experience of marketing a technology/business solution to investors or potential clients,” said Purcell. “This year’s challenge is based on a mining theme and the judges will play the role of owners of a fictitious mine that requires a robotics solution.”
Newmont was also a sponsor of Earth Sciences Week, October 11–17. Led by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), in cooperation with geoscience community partners, Earth Sciences Week has grown since 1998 to reach more than 50 million people annually with resources, events and information about the geosciences’ significance to society.
This year, a donation from Newmont provided Geosciences Education Enhancement packages to 10 public schools in the Denver area. The packages included activities and resources to actively engage students with Earth Sciences Week, which recognizes and promotes awareness of the importance of the geosciences to people and the planet.
For the teams at Newmont, encouraging students—and future technical talent—is not only rewarding, but also part of what makes the profession fun. “I wish we had fun stuff like this when I was in school,” said Shawn Horton, member of Newmont’s Mine Engineering team.