Recently, I also got a call from a friend wanting to connect with civic groups that work with Robotics Team for funding to further experience with science and math… hmmm… sounds like something my club might want to do… Unfortunately, we got out of the robotics support business since our club is a little small but maybe other groups out there might be interested in backing robotics teams.
Check this letter out, it is asking for help from the community since it seems that this team is on a roll and wants to raise major bucks to compete NATIONALLY.
If you want the whole sponsorship packet, Robotics Sponsor.
We really do have smart kids in Laredo, we just need to provide that motivation for them to compete further. There are many many other ways to get involved with supporting challenging programs – it isn’t all about going to private schools, it is about having high expectations of our PUBLIC schools (that includes public officials – ha!).
The HS Team’s CEO writes her request:
If you do decide to donate to this group to get them to the national competition, let them know you read it on the Que Fregados blog – which isn’t about us being fregados (well, really about me being fregada) but about the surprises we sometimes find in the space around us.
My name is Vanessa Romero and I am the Chief Executive Officer of the ULTIMATE Robotics team from United Engineering and Technology Magnet School. I have been a member since my freshman year, and I am truly amazed at how far we’ve come. ULTIMATE Robotics began in 2002 with only a handful of students and ever since, not a year has gone by without the team bringing home an award from both BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, & Technology) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competitions. In 2010, the team earned 2nd Place on the Robot Competition and 2nd Place Overall at the national level. Today, our robotics team is composed of 70+ working students from grades 9 through 12.
ULTIMATE Robotics brings together students with different skills and abilities and provides them with the means to sharpen those skills in a real-world situation. With a 99% college attendance rate, these students apply such skills by giving back to the community and educating Laredo on the importance of math, engineering, science, and technology. Our motto is “Building Futures, Not Just Robots”; therefore, every summer since 2005, the ULTIMATE Robotics team has hosted a Youth Lego Robotics Camp.
And that’s not the half of it, that’s just the tip of the iceburg!
We will be representing Laredo at two national competitions this April. We are the only team in Texas to be returning to the second annual BEST Nationals Competition in Disney World- Orlando, Florida. We will also be competing in the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri. Our team works very hard year-round and in order to afford the costs and take everyone on the team, we need to raise $100,000 by March 1st of this year.
We are asking for your help Laredo. If you would like to become a sponsor for the ULTIMATE Robotics team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can set up a meeting if necessary. You can visit our Facebook page, Ultimate Robotics Team, or our website at http://www.uetmrobotics.com.
I just think this is such a cool effort. I don’t know any of them but I hope they can go and compete and come back with awards.