DECS Robotics

$1,915 of $35k goal

Raised by 11 people in 6 months
SO
Stephen Ondrus
on behalf of DECS Robotics
 DULUTH, MN
Duluth Public Schools Academy, also known as Duluth Edison Charter Schools is charter school district 4020-07 in Minnesota.  We operate two schools:  North Star Academy serving 1100 students in grades K through 8, and Raleigh Academy serving 300 students in grades K through 5.  

We started our robotics program 4 years ago with one team from a generous donation from a parent.  Since then, we have worked hard to raise enough money to support 4 FLL (First Lego League) teams and 1 FTC (First Tech Challenge) robotics teams.  We also have implemeneted a Lego Engineering curriculum in our 3rd and 5th grades.  Because of the success of our Engineering and Robotics programs, interest in robotics has really soared.  We have over 130 students in grades 3-8 who would like to join Robotics.  We currently have enough equipment to support around 40 students in our Jr. Academy (grades 6-8).   We would like to expand to our Elementary Academy (grades 3-5) as well as grow our Jr. Academy program.

We would like to raise up to $35,000 which would allow us to purchase the equipment to accommodate all of the interest in our Robotics program.  Each team (between 4-8 students) needs equipment, tournament fees, registration fees, competition equipment, as well as additional parts and pieces.

We have enough equipment to run our competition season with 5-6 teams this fall.  Any additional funds will be used to create Elementary teams that will have an informal competition season 2nd Semester which will then position them to compete in school year 2017.   It would be wonderful to have the funds by January of 2017.

The impact that Robotics has on the students involved has been tremendous.  We are passionate about STEM and STEAM education and our robotics program has allowed students to use those skills in real world applications in a way that is meaningful and important to them.  It ties all of the STEM and STEAM concepts together and shows students how their creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication skills can be used today as well as for the rest of their lives.  

We have worked very hard to build the program to where it is, and are so proud that so many people would like to be a part of it.  It would mean so much to us, as well as all of the students who would like to participate, if we could raise the funds to add more teams.  A gift to this program will open the door for so many more students to explore the wonderful world of robotics as well as STEM and STEAM education.  We would be eternally grateful for any help in this endeavor!

We have set up different levels of sponsorship for donors who would like to be recognized for their generous help.  If you would like more information about these, please contact us by sending an email.
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Update 3
Posted by Stephen Ondrus
5 months ago
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Thank you so much for the generous donations! We we were able to just purchase 5 new robotics kits for our FLL teams, and these kits will also be used 2nd semester for our Elementary (grades 3-5) program
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Update 2
Posted by Stephen Ondrus
6 months ago
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We took our show on the road this last weekend and had a booth at the Chester Bowl Fall Fest. Kids got to see our two Sumo Bots and drive them with iPads as well as four of our Lego Sugo bots and watch them battle it out in the ring! The kids had a blast and it was a great opportunity to share the joy of robotics with other great people!
Lego Sugo bots battling in the ring
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Update 1
Posted by Stephen Ondrus
6 months ago
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Hello Everyone. We just set up our go fund me page. Thank you so much in advance to anyone and everyone who takes the time to check out our page and is kind and generous enough to donate to us!
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$1,915 of $35k goal

Raised by 11 people in 6 months
Created August 31, 2016
SO
Stephen Ondrus  
on behalf of DECS Robotics
KR
$250
Kristin Rognerud
4 months ago
MW
$50
Marian Wolbers
4 months ago

My grandchildren LOVE this program. Let's do our best to support this effort! Thanks to all.

$750
Anonymous
5 months ago
$250
Anonymous
5 months ago
JB
$200
Jeff Brown
5 months ago
RG
$250
Randall Gunderson
6 months ago
ZB
$25
Zomi Bloom
6 months ago
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1
TB
$50
Teresa Beack
6 months ago
1
1
TR
$50
Tammy Rascon
6 months ago
2
2
BP
$20
Beth Prouty
6 months ago
1
1
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