The Issue: Expense of Robotics Competition
The robotics team at Northwest Career & Technical Academy is building a robot for the 2015 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Las Vegas Regional Robotics Competition in January. After the competition guidelines are released, the team will be given a robotics starter kit and six weeks to brainstorm, develop, and build a machine that interacts with the world. Working alongside professionals, they’ll learn about engineering through electronics, pneumatics, and programming while also seeing what it’s like to work in STEM fields. However, each regional competition has an entry fee of $5,000 and acquiring the necessary tools, materials, and team expenses to build a robot is costly.
The Campaign: Funding Robot-Building Materials
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Northwest Career & Technical Academy Robotics to help Robotics Team 4800 – Rage Against the Machines build a robot. Each $10 raised will help the organization purchase aluminum, hardware, T-shirts, and team propaganda. Comfort Engineering Inc. will match all donations up to $5,000. Students participating in this competition will also mentor students in grades 1–3 as they build a Lego robot.
Northwest Career & Technical Academy Robotics
Northwest Career & Technical Academy prepares students for the challenges they'll face as adults: careers, networking, and finding their place among modern technology. Programs in culinary, engineering, or medical professions complement a regular academic course-load with rigorous practice in science, math, English, and foreign languages. Then there are the extracurricular activities, which include the school's robotics team, Rage Against the Machines. Here, students design and build robots from scratch using a combination of creativity and engineering skill. During building sessions, they learn everything from 3-D modeling to programming, and, once their robot is complete, participate in regional competitions to explore outside their local community and vie for college scholarships—paving the way for a bright future.