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Eagle Army 3488: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology!

Eagle Army 3488: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology! | Carl Sandburg High School

The music whipping the crowd of thousands at the arena into a frenzy. Both teams in position to win with only seconds left in the match. The moment where preparation meets opportunity and anything can happen. The team captain takes one last shot at the buzzer and scores; securing the victory and a spot in the finals. Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, the ultimate sport for the mind, the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Under strict rules, limited time and resources, teams of high school students are challenged to build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game in alliance with other teams. Infinite Recharge, the current field game, tasks two alliances to work to protect FIRST City from approaching asteroids caused by a distant space skirmish. Each alliance races to collect and score power cells and energize the shield generator to score points and win the match.


Members of team 3488 Eagle Army, students of Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Illinois, use their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) work to build a new robot each year that can play the game at a high level. Given only 10 weeks to design, manufacture, and test a robot capable of competing on the international stage that FIRST provides takes dedication, experience and knowledge of how to get the job done.

It also takes the proper tools and materials to get the job done. Prior to competing, a team’s robot must pass a rigorous safety examination, ensuring the robot meets all mechanical and electrical safety standards. Specifically, wires and connectors used on the robot’s electronics must be rated for proper current and voltage requirements. Eagle Army reached out to HELUKABEL USA for sponsorship, seeking a donation of high-quality wire and cable accessories. HELUKABEL USA, located in West Dundee, Illinois, graciously supplied the team with hundreds of feet of HELUKABEL’s Loudspeaker Cable in gauges ranging from 20 to 12 AWG (0.5 to 4 mm2) that were used to supply power to all electrical components of the robot. With its one-pair design and red and black color markings, the Loudspeaker Cable not only met the technical requirements, but also helped
novice students wire the electronics with precision and ease. HELUKABEL USA also donated braided hose to protect the wires that were installed through the robot, as well as, ferrules and other various termination types, and identification marking rings to ensure proper power connections.

With the help and support received from sponsors such as HELUKABEL USA, Carl Sandburg’s Eagle Army has been able to improve each year. In the 2020 FIRST Infinite Recharge Competition, Eagle Army finished as a Regional Finalist at the Midwest Regional, which was the highest finish in team history. Eagle Army has been able to grow as a team and will keep doing so thanks to sponsors such as HELUKABEL USA.