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The Castelli Foundation was created to support the Istituto Tecnico Industriale (I.I.S.) Bendetto Castelli, which historically has played a fundamental role in the training of technicians demanded by enterprises in Brescia and its environs. The foundation seeks to facilitate the insertion of young people into the labor market, to provide companies with a source of well-prepared technicians, and to promote issues of public interest and social utility aimed at developing scholastic activities.

 The aims of the Castelli Foundation are as follows:

  • To spearhead initiatives aimed at the improvement of technical facilities, with a particular focus on didactic laboratories, study rooms, the library, and other infrastructure devoted to student education and training.
  • To promote and manage initiatives that involve teachers and students in improving the efficiency of teaching methods and in adding value to the learning process.
  • To underline the importance of proper training in order to motivate commitment and develop scholastic excellence among the students.
  • To promote and manage initiatives that promote an ever-strengthening and continued relationship between the school and companies located in Brescia–Italy. 
  • To promote initiatives aimed at placing I.I.S. Castelli’s recent graduates in the labor market by fostering the creation of internships that take advantage of the relationships with local companies that participate in the work-linked training program.

The Castelli Foundation intends to achieve these goals by:

  • Raising funds from private individuals, businesses, public entities, and associations belonging to the foundation.
  • Organizing meetings between businesses and students to determine the structure of company training programs.
  • Donating company assets to the school.
  • Creating specialist-training courses designed for students and teachers of I.I.S. Castelli that are related to the fields of student specialization, as proposed by experts of companies that belong to the foundation.
  • Offering scholarships endowed by related companies and institutes.
  • Collaborating with the I.I.S. Castelli’s Parent Association to foster the exchange of ideas that result from each entity’s particular strengths.

They won the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award. Nine students from IIS Castelli of Brescia, Italy participated as the only Italian team at the finals of the international robotics competition in Eindhoven, Netherlands. They did not qualify for the final round in the United States of America, but they did receive an important and well-deserved award in recognition of the integrity and technical complexity of their robot. Named “Dante,” the remote-controlled robot was designed and constructed at school, and is able to navigate rough terrain and collect objects. The robot’s robust construction, precision technology, and continuous tracks, which enabled it to adapt to changes in height, were praised both individually and collectively.

“Dante” was described as a unique, elegant, and truly functional machine, and the team’s explanation of the process that led to its construction was clear. It is the result of months of work and of the development of interdisciplinary skills, not just in the field of computer science, but also in that of electronics, mechanics, and telecommunications. Their efforts were made possible by the support of not only the Castelli Foundation, but also of a pool of companies that supplied materials and assistance and helped with the 3D printing of parts for the prototype, which were made specifically for this project.

Now, Giampietro Busi, Andrea Cassamali, Ettore Gorni, Laura Brugnoli, Lorenzo Borboni, Luca Franceschini, Stefano Gentili, Alekos Filini, and Michele Treccani, students in the fourth and fifth years of study, bask in their success while visiting the capital, Amsterdam, before making a triumphant return home. Their return echoes that of their successful classmates from last year and brings honor to their school. As reported by their teacher, Alessandro Bugatti, the experience was very positive. The students were bypassed by the Romanian team, which had invested heavily in its product and, hoping to receive recognition for their effort, was an exemplar of good sportsmanship in the spirit of cooperation that goes beyond borders.

For the IIS Castelli team, it was important to meet and interact with students from other countries in a fruitful exchange. This was desired by the initiative, which, with its global vision, seeks to go beyond problems and conflicts. In this spirit, for example, the stands of the Arab and Israeli competitors could be seen side-by-side.



IIS Castelli’s “Divine Robot” Flies to the Netherlands

Giampietro Busi, Andrea Cassamali, Ettore Gorni, Laura Brognoli, Lorenzo Borboni, Luca Franceschini, Stefano Gentilini, Alekos Filini, Michele Treccani.  These nine students, all in the fourth and fifth year of study at IIS Castelli in Brescia, along with computer science teachers Alessandro Bugatti and Gaetano Scandale, left this morning for Eindhoven, the Netherlands. There, they will participate as the only Italian team in the European finals of the international robotics competition, with the dream of qualifying for the finals in the United States. It isn’t a farfetched dream; last year their classmates were unable to cross the ocean despite their inclusion in the top ten, but they did receive the Innovation Award, which was given to the team that resolved the challenge’s problems in the most innovative way.

These eight boys and one girl, however, are battle-ready, even if they will need to confront approximately 50 other teams, most of which are from Northern Europe. The students worked for a long time, meeting outside of school hours at least once a week, even during Christmas and Easter breaks, all the way up until Tuesday night. They met and constructed their robot in a room that was devoted to them.

They began to study the specifications, which are very precise and complex, at the beginning of the school year and immediately started to prepare their robot, which must be guided by a smartphone and be able to move through a field. Knowledge of many disciplines, from mechanical engineering to physics, automation, and telecommunications, was necessary. In the end, Dante, as they’ve decided to call their robot, is ready. The only problem is the trip. Will it be possible, in these difficult times, to bring this unusual passenger aboard? Or will it need to be taken apart and checked, complete with the difficulty of putting it back together? As seen in the photo, the machine is not simple and, with its moving track and its extendable limbs, is able to pick up pieces of earth, which could be pieces of junk or balls.

The technical institute on Via Cantore, directed by Simona Tebaldini, often competes and receives excellent results in competitions like this one. To aid with the costs that, given the trip abroad, were not insignificant, the Castelli Foundation lent a hand. Meccanica Pierre, Gefran, Automazioni Industriali, Mollificio Scassa, Fabula Marco, and Design Project also provided materials and assistance. Some of the components have already been given, while the rest are at the discretion of the work group, in which the professor-selected “experts” are found.

To the young competitors who declared themselves “excited, tired, but happy,” we send the best wishes of their classmates and their city, which are cheering for their victory and their qualification for the next round. 

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The Castelli Foundation was conceived by a group of individuals in the educational and private industrial sectors who felt the need to reenergize technical education in Brescia and its environs and to reinvigorate the highly sought cooperation between schools and the business world. The foundation aims to achieve this by fostering the creation of both domestic and international opportunities for worklinked training. Work-linked training allows for the introduction of an innovative teaching methodology into schools whose aim is to expand the means and sites of learning by involving not just students and teachers in the process, but the company that will host students during the training period as well. In this way, the experience provides direction for future choices and fosters motivation to study, which are fundamental elements of scholastic success. The human factor is the fundamental element of both school and work environments; therefore, putting an individual’s skills to good use is of the utmost importance. In a productive school-enterprise relationship, one must experience study as work  and  vice-versa.

This is a continuous mission that cultivates professionalism, which is an invaluable trait in the labour market.

For this reason, the Castelli Foundation supports work-linked training initiatives by pursuing the following objectives: creating opportunities to enable the application of theoretical and practical knowledge in real-life labour experiences; realizing an organic connection between school and the world of work; fostering communication between individuals who hold different roles in society and in the labour market; developing the principal characteristics and dynamics that form the base of work in a company (teamwork, interpersonal and hierarchical relationships, factors that determine success); making students aware that their fulfilment in the labour market is connected to the knowledge, competences, and abilities obtained during their educational career; and guiding students in the decision-making process. The companies that have contributed to and participated with the Castelli Foundation are leaders in various productive sectors and include the following:

  • Automazioni Industriali Srl – Mr. Baglioni, (President of the Castelli Foundation).  This enterprise produces robotized islands for industries in Italy and abroad, creating concrete solutions to problems connected to robotic automation in several productive sectors. Moreover, Mr. Baglioni revolutionized the system used to produce high quality forges with an electric press for moulding non-ferrous metals.
  • Bonomi Group Spa – Dr. Bonomi  (Advisor). This company stands out in the hydraulics and heating sector for its production of components that regulate the flow of liquids and gaseous fluids.
  • Gefran Group Spa – Dr.ssa Franceschetti (Advisor). This enterprise is a world leader in the production of components for automation such as: regulators, programmers, indicators, and uninterruptable power supplies. It also produces pressure, linear potentiometer, magnetostrictive linear, rotary encoder, load cell, thermocouple, resistance thermometer, and melt pressure transducers. The company is an SIT calibration center for temperature and pressure. It also specializes in remote PLC and I/O, IPC, industrials PCs, based and embedded PC solutions, SoftPLC and soft motion, and AC, DC, and SE electric drives.
  • Gruppo Ori Martin Spa – (Founding Member).  This company is a leader in the metallurgical field, with a focus on the hot production of high-quality steel used in mechanical and automotive applications, and on the production of steel for the construction of rolled billets for reinforced concrete.
  • Ghial spa – Dr. Ghidoni (Advisor)- This company is a foundry that operates with both die casts and molds, and produces aluminum castings for third parties by using die casts.
  • OMR Holding Spa – Dr. Bonometti (Advisor). This is one of the principal suppliers of global solutions and is a producer at the global level of automotive components and assemblies, both for the original equipment and for the aftermarket.
  • AQM Srl – Delegated Administrator Ceselin (Advisor) - This is a service-sector company with technical, scientific, and organizational competences at the national level. The company: is equipped with laboratories for calibration, testing, diagnostics and prevention; provides technical training and certification of employees and processes; offers technical, organizational, and managerial consulting; is a dissemination point for Standards and CEI; and works with editorial and multimedia products.
  • Metal Work Spa – Mr. Bonatti (Founding Member)- This is an Italian company that specializes in the production of pneumatic components for industrial automation. The distribution of the company’s products and assistance are entrusted to 46 subsidiaries in Italy and abroad.
  • Palazzoli Spa – Dr. Moretti (Founding Member) - This company specializes in electronic equipment and industrial implants used for power delivery. It is an exemplar of reliability in the electrotechnical industry due to its well-established track record at the global level.
  • 4th Later Integrated Solutions Srl - Mr. Milani (Founding Member) - This company provides technical consulting services for: designing, installing, and managing remote monitoring systems; assisting the network operators with progressively spreading broadband; and for converging and transforming traditional data and signal transmission systems into a combination of informatics and electronic systems within a context of integration.

These are a few of the companies that constitute the Castelli Foundation. Together, we have decided to confront the challenges that work-linked training offers and, with an eye toward globalization, we aim to continuously develop technical excellence. We believe that our enthusiasm, the quality and depth of our cooperation, and our constant commitment to professional growth compose the key to our success.

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