The Issue: Materials for Students to Build a Robot
Students on Legacy High School's robotics team The IncrediBULLS (Team 2034) spend six weeks designing, building, programing, and testing a 120-pound robot for the 2013 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. Though the students raise funds by selling products in their neighborhood and at school, to compete, the team must pay an entry fee of $5,000 and cover most of the materials necessary to build its robot. A variety of raw materials are needed, including aluminum T-slotted framing, zinc-plated steel end-feed fasteners, and 90-degree brackets.
The Campaign: Supplying Robot-Building Materials
If 25 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Legacy High School Robotics – The IncrediBULLS (Team 2034) can start assembling its robot, thanks to matching donations by Comfort Engineering Inc. Donations will be matched up to $1,000. Each additional $10 raised will go toward purchasing other materials and parts to finish the robot, with an ultimate goal of raising $7,000 to cover the entry fee, materials, tools, travel to the competition, and team propaganda.
In January, high-school robotics teams across the country who aim to compete in the FIRST competition will receive a kit of various parts and competition guidelines. Then the “game” will be revealed—the function the robots will need to serve. During the following six weeks, students work with professional scientists and engineers to learn about pneumatics, electronic, mechanics, and programming, gaining hands-on practice as they construct their robot.
All donations will be matched up to a $1,000 total by Comfort Engineering Inc..
Legacy High Robotics – The IncrediBULLS (Team 2034)
Every year, Legacy High School robotics team The IncrediBULLS builds a working robot from scratch. With raw materials such as aluminum and screws, they brainstorm and build a mechanical creation, programming it to respond to the world. Six weeks is all they have though, so they work hand-in-hand with professional scientists and engineers as they explore the fundamentals of STEM subjects—science, technology, engineering, and mechanics—and dip their toes into scientific-career fields. Once they complete the robot, the team showcases it at community events, such as the Las Vegas Science Festival, to spread the word about the program and the brightness of their futures. Then, they compete against other high-school teams from around the country at the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition, striving for the national title.
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