ExxonMobil Gives Grant to Lockport HS Robotics Program

November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 14, 2013 at 9:49 AM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 14, 2013 at 9:49 AM EDT

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) Lockport High School is home to one of the most successful student robotics program in New York State.

Started in 2005 with only a few students, the program has grown in popularity with 40 students now involved.

Each year, the robotics team works with professional engineers to build highly-sophisticated robots that are entered in the nationwide FIRST Robotics Competition.

Over the past several years, the Lockport team (called WARLOCKS 1507) has been top ranked in the state and even rated among the best in the word.

GM and Delphi already are major sponsors of the program which cost $30,000 / year.

The teams success has also attracted the attention of ExxonMobil Corporation.

This week, the multi-national company presented the Lockport Robotics program with a special grant of $1500.

Reid Petroleum Corp. from Lockport helped to secure the funding which will be used to buy parts for a newer robot to be used in the 2014 competition.