Help Team 558 Compete in St. Louis
The Elm City Robo Squad, FIRST robotics team 558 in urban New Haven, CT, has high hopes of qualifying for the third year in a row to attend the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis on April 28-30, 2016.
Why do we need help?
As an inner-city team, our travel costs are entirely supported by fundraising. Even with choosing the most frugal options for transportation and housing (like sharing an 18-hour bus ride with other teams), these costs add up quickly. Competing at the championship level also incurs additional expenses like registration fees, extra robot parts, trailer rental and robot shipping.
What is FIRST?
FIRST is a program started by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway scooter, that combines the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math with the thrill of competition. Each year, thousands of high school students have six weeks in which to design and build their robots. This year's game, Stronghold, requires robots, working in teams of three, to defend their castles and at the same time capture their opponents' towers by shooting "bolders." You can learn more about FIRST at www.firstinspires.org and about the Robo Squad at www.facebook.com/robosquad558 and www.elmcityrobosquad.org .
Our recent accomplishments
2015 World Championship Semifinalist
2015 NE District Championship Chairman's Award
2015 Rhode Island District Event Chairman's Award
2015 Waterbury District Event Finalists
2015 Waterbury District Event Team Spirit Award
2014 World Championshiop Semifinalist
2014 NE District Championship Finalists
2014 NE District Championship Judges' Award
2014 Southington District Event Chairman's Award
2014 Southington District Event Winners
2014 Southington District Event Safety Award
2014 Hartford District Event Winners
2014 Groton District Event Safety Award
See us in action!
Watch last year's robot, Tote-L Knockout, at the Rhode Island District event on our YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNtD-fb8RX4