3,400 Non-Perishable Food Items Constructed into Cat® Multi-Terrain Loader

Four students, four mentors and two Caterpillar engineers used their creativity and intelligence to build a Cat® multi-terrain loader. Their supplies? More than 3,400 non-perishable food items.

Caterpillar sponsored FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team, Robot Casserole, unveiled the multi-terrain loader at the Caterpillar Visitors Center (CVC) November 1.

Robot Casserole began the process by brainstorming ideas for the build – a multi-terrain loader was chosen out of other options such as a dinosaur; the team’s mascot, Rusty and a minion from the movie “Despicable Me.” The team then took a trip to the local Kroger, which donated the items, to find food items to use. The team created a database of different sized items needed and then began the modeling process. Each student designed a different aspect of the machine – the body, tracks, cab, arm and bucket – and using 3D modeling software they used the best can or boxed item for their component.

“This was an exciting opportunity for such a great cause,” said Asit Patel, Caterpillar manufacturing engineer in Advanced Components and Systems Division and the team’s lead mentor. “The students had hands on experience using some skills they use during the robotics season and learned some new skills while practicing their FIRST core value, volunteerism.”

A time lapse video of the construction shows just how much work went into the build. The build also received attention in the local newspaper.

The display and all items dropped off at the CVC throughout the month of November will go toward CityLink’s Stuff-a-Bus Campaign benefitting the Peoria Friendship House. For more information on the campaign, click here.

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