Panther Bots Are Going To Worlds!

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Nicole Oliver  INDIANAPOLIS, IN
As you can see the amazing Panther Bots have met their fundraising goal! We would like to thank our wonderful community for all of their support. Funds above our target amount will be used for our robotics program next year. We ask that anyone still wanting to donate to please help support other incredible  teams who have earned a spot to the Vex World championship in Louisville, Kentucky.  You can also donate to the TechPoint Foundation for Youth State Robotics Initiative. They have helped us and many other low-income robotic teams around our state!

https://www.techpointyouth.org/take-action/

Sincerely, 

The Panther Bots


Well, our scrappy little robotics team did it!! They came out of nowhere this year and surprised a city!! They beat incredible odds and faced challenges that they never imagined. It has been an exciting journey, but we don't want it to end. We are looking for help finance our trip to the Vex IQ Robotics World Championship. 

These 5 fourth graders are from Pleasant Run Elementary and have worked hard to design and create a robot to complete the Vex IQ Crossover Challenge. Their competition includes team challenges, skills driving, autonomous programmed driving, and a STEM reasearch project about self-driving cars. They led every competition they went to and won the following top awards:

*The Excellence Award at the City Tournament- All-Around Champions

*The STEM Research Award at Blue Academy- Best Research STEM Project and Presentation

*First Place in the Team Challenge at Plainfield- Highest Points with an Alliance

*The Skills Award at Shortridge- Highest Points Individually (including programming)

*The Excellence Award at Shortridge- All-Around Champions

*The Create Award at Indiana State Championship- Best Robot Design

With our recent win at the Indiana State Championship, our Panther Bots have the opportunity to go to Worlds. These students poured their hearts into this program. They stretched themselves and learned so much. They developed a fire for robotics and and it will be exciting to see where it takes them. Going to Worlds would open their eyes to future possibilities and hopefully inspire them to keep their passion going toward college and STEM careers.

We are looking for individuals to help with the cost of travel, lodging, food, and replacement parts for our robot. Our school is a Title One urban school, with 85% of our students receiving free and reduced lunches and  we need to raise all the money for this opportunity. We are trying to create an experience that our Panther Bots will never forget. Will you please help these amazing kids get to Worlds??
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Update 2
Posted by Lisa Hopper
13 days ago
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Thank you to everyone who helped us meet our goal!! We are truly overwhelmed with all of the support we have received. Any additional funds will be used to help with our robotics program next year. We'll do you all proud at Worlds!!
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Update 1
Posted by Lisa Hopper
25 days ago
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Look at this excellent teamwork!!
Team Challenge Winners!
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Yolanda Crooms Cobb
12 days ago

I came to do donate, too! And I still would, so your school can have enough money banked for 3 or 4 teams next year or improve the materials you have. Keep shooting for the stars and learning! Those kids who yelled mean things at you are either going to have to realize this world is moving on with or without them! They can either get it together or step aside.

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Jay Emm Gee
11 days ago
5
5

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! #1. You deserve it guys and girls. Great Job. I am glad you reached your goal. I was coming to give. You make America Proud.

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Anna Gongora
12 days ago
5
5

I read your article and I came to donate but you have already met more then your goal. I want you all to know how proud I am of you for overcoming Diversity and not letting anything stand in your way as a minority and an Educator this makes me so proud I wish nothing but the BEST for you all and I am praying for a WIN at WORLDS. Go show them that all of us matter too!!! Much love and respect, Anna Gongora Corpus Christi, Texas

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Julie Tomlinson
10 days ago
4
4

Please open your justgiving! People all over the world think you are amazing and want to help with your next project :-D Very best wishes from Scotland xx

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Mario Alberto Mejía Morales
12 days ago
3
3

¡Eso es todo! Síguanle con ese mísmo esfuerzo

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Jorge Armando Garcia
11 days ago
2
2

Wanted to help out so badly, but happy to see the enormous support you guys have received from all over. Stay focused, and kick butt on at the world competition! So, so proud of you all! Regardless of origin, race, skin color, what makes you stand above the rest is your respect for others, and your ability to overcome any obstacles. Great job!

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Tam Pham Sibay
10 days ago
1
1

Good luck Panther Bots! This is not the end, but rather the beginning of a great future ahead. Wishing you the best from Seattle.

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Pam Henriksen
11 days ago
1
1

Panther Bots you Rock! I too was late to donate as you have met your goal. I will contribute to the techpointyouth,org program that supported you. Don't look behind you or beneath you as that is where you will find the haters & bullies. The future is yours. With your smiles, your smarts and attitude you will go far in life. THIS is only the beginning.

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Heather Hensley Correa
11 days ago
1
1

Hey Panther Bots! You guys sound awesome and are a real example of how to deal with ignorance in others. Your grit and strength of character makes me excited about the next generation. Congratulations and I know you'll kick behind at Worlds! Prof. Heather Correa Mt. San Antonio College

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Yves Dorleans
11 days ago
1
1

I came here to donate after reading your story, but fortunately you have reached your goals, and unfortunately you are no longer accepting donations. I would have been happier if I could donate to that school and others like it to encourage those same kids who may not have the opportunity to show their skills in such competitions....Congrats Panther Bots for your efforts, as it shows with those against you, your skin color does not determine your intelligence level.

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Donna K-Tel Thickson
12 days ago
1
1

I came to donate but you had already met your fundraising goal! Congratulations to all of you. Hope you rock Worlds! Good luck from Canada!

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Cynthia Faccio
9 days ago

I have been following your story from Connecticut where I live. I am so happy for you and the wonderful success you have achieved. You, your family and teachers are bursting with pride and you should be!! I am proud and I don't even know you!! That was a lot of hard work to become so smart! Really awesome. You are much smarter than I was when I was your age. It made me sad and a little bit mad that people were mean to you. But those mean people don't have a Go Fund Me Page do they? Ha! I don't like mean people. I like nice people who are kind to each other and help each other when it is needed. I like good sportsmanship, friendly smiles, and high fives. So I guess I am writing to say I LIKE YOU! And I really think there are a lot more nice people in the world just like us. And you will meet many of them. So good luck with your next competition. I am rooting for you! You are already champions. Signed.....another nice person

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Sami Huttunen
3 days ago

Salutations from Finland. This made my eyes sweat. Absolutely wonderful. Your quintet of pocket-sized geniuses seems to have gained worldwide support and you deserve it. And more.

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Gabriela Santiago
6 days ago

I came to donate but saw that you were no longer accepting donations. I just wanted to say: you guys rock. You are so strong and smart and hardworking, and I can't wait to see what rad robots you are all creating ten or twenty years from now. Keep engineering the future!

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Surly Badger
6 days ago

I saw an article about the abuse these beautiful young people had to deal with (and they dealt with it so well!) so I came to donate. Happy to see you hit your funding target, sad to see I couldn't help. Can you contact people or post if you re-open another funding drive? Go PantherBots!

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Nichelle Nakano Wileman
8 days ago

Congratulations! Keep striving to reach your goals! You are what makes America great.

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Maureen Cunningham
8 days ago

I came to donate and I am so happy that you have reached your goal. I was moved by your story, and wanted to show you that those of us who embrace diversity and love far outnumber the haters and the racists, who will never win and will never represent this country. I hope that you do well at Worlds, and I will be watching for future wins from this team. Please know that you have a friend in upstate New York who is rooting for you! Let us know what you need! You make us all proud! Go Panther Bots!

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Ann Jacobson Ackerson
8 days ago

Donated to TECHPOINT FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH in honor of the Panther Bots. Science Rocks and so do you!!

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Shane Patrick Dorsey
8 days ago

I wish I could still donate to your team. I read your story in the Indy star and I was absolutely shocked. I am black and my fiancee is Hispanic. I love the diversity of your team. Keep shooting for the stars and do not let anyone bring you guys down.

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Julie Blakeslee
8 days ago

I came to donate as well, but looks like you all are well on your way! So proud of you for working hard and staying kind, even when people are rude to you. You will go far. Lots of love from Vancouver, WA.

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$12,265 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 273 people in 25 days
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Created March 4, 2017
MR
$25
Meredith Richmond
12 days ago
4
4

GO PANTHER BOTS! YOU MAKE HOOSIERS PROUD!

MB
$25
Michael Brown
12 days ago
1
1

Stay focused and inspired! Go Panther Bots!

YM
$5
Yalinda Meza
12 days ago
5
5

I read your article. It moved me so much. As a minority, Mexican American, I could imagine the obstacles we must face with all the rhetoric going around these days. My best friend is African American. Your team simply reminded me of us. Keep up the good work and I wish you all the success!

JB
$10
John Bell
12 days ago
1
1
RG
$110
Richard & Kathleen Glover
12 days ago
2
2

Good luck to you in the upcoming competition and going forward in your lives!

RR
$50
Roy Rico
12 days ago
4
4

Extremely proud of your accomplishments and resiliency. Wishing you the best from Los Angeles!

JG
$20
Jaime Gomez
12 days ago
1
1
CG
$50
Carmen Gonzalez
12 days ago
DW
$20
Don and Kathy Walter
12 days ago
2
2

Congratulations! Awesome work. Stay motivated and win the next level. You're all beautiful young people - and SMART!

MA
$20
Mary Atteberry
12 days ago
2
2

Way to go, Panther Bots! Keep up the interest in robotics and don't let anyone tell you that you aren't worthy. You have earned your success!

Yolanda Crooms Cobb
12 days ago

I came to do donate, too! And I still would, so your school can have enough money banked for 3 or 4 teams next year or improve the materials you have. Keep shooting for the stars and learning! Those kids who yelled mean things at you are either going to have to realize this world is moving on with or without them! They can either get it together or step aside.

+ Read More
Jay Emm Gee
11 days ago
5
5

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! #1. You deserve it guys and girls. Great Job. I am glad you reached your goal. I was coming to give. You make America Proud.

+ Read More
Anna Gongora
12 days ago
5
5

I read your article and I came to donate but you have already met more then your goal. I want you all to know how proud I am of you for overcoming Diversity and not letting anything stand in your way as a minority and an Educator this makes me so proud I wish nothing but the BEST for you all and I am praying for a WIN at WORLDS. Go show them that all of us matter too!!! Much love and respect, Anna Gongora Corpus Christi, Texas

+ Read More
Julie Tomlinson
10 days ago
4
4

Please open your justgiving! People all over the world think you are amazing and want to help with your next project :-D Very best wishes from Scotland xx

+ Read More
Mario Alberto Mejía Morales
12 days ago
3
3

¡Eso es todo! Síguanle con ese mísmo esfuerzo

+ Read More
Jorge Armando Garcia
11 days ago
2
2

Wanted to help out so badly, but happy to see the enormous support you guys have received from all over. Stay focused, and kick butt on at the world competition! So, so proud of you all! Regardless of origin, race, skin color, what makes you stand above the rest is your respect for others, and your ability to overcome any obstacles. Great job!

+ Read More
Tam Pham Sibay
10 days ago
1
1

Good luck Panther Bots! This is not the end, but rather the beginning of a great future ahead. Wishing you the best from Seattle.

+ Read More
Pam Henriksen
11 days ago
1
1

Panther Bots you Rock! I too was late to donate as you have met your goal. I will contribute to the techpointyouth,org program that supported you. Don't look behind you or beneath you as that is where you will find the haters & bullies. The future is yours. With your smiles, your smarts and attitude you will go far in life. THIS is only the beginning.

+ Read More
Heather Hensley Correa
11 days ago
1
1

Hey Panther Bots! You guys sound awesome and are a real example of how to deal with ignorance in others. Your grit and strength of character makes me excited about the next generation. Congratulations and I know you'll kick behind at Worlds! Prof. Heather Correa Mt. San Antonio College

+ Read More
Yves Dorleans
11 days ago
1
1

I came here to donate after reading your story, but fortunately you have reached your goals, and unfortunately you are no longer accepting donations. I would have been happier if I could donate to that school and others like it to encourage those same kids who may not have the opportunity to show their skills in such competitions....Congrats Panther Bots for your efforts, as it shows with those against you, your skin color does not determine your intelligence level.

+ Read More
Donna K-Tel Thickson
12 days ago
1
1

I came to donate but you had already met your fundraising goal! Congratulations to all of you. Hope you rock Worlds! Good luck from Canada!

+ Read More
Cynthia Faccio
9 days ago

I have been following your story from Connecticut where I live. I am so happy for you and the wonderful success you have achieved. You, your family and teachers are bursting with pride and you should be!! I am proud and I don't even know you!! That was a lot of hard work to become so smart! Really awesome. You are much smarter than I was when I was your age. It made me sad and a little bit mad that people were mean to you. But those mean people don't have a Go Fund Me Page do they? Ha! I don't like mean people. I like nice people who are kind to each other and help each other when it is needed. I like good sportsmanship, friendly smiles, and high fives. So I guess I am writing to say I LIKE YOU! And I really think there are a lot more nice people in the world just like us. And you will meet many of them. So good luck with your next competition. I am rooting for you! You are already champions. Signed.....another nice person

+ Read More
Sami Huttunen
3 days ago

Salutations from Finland. This made my eyes sweat. Absolutely wonderful. Your quintet of pocket-sized geniuses seems to have gained worldwide support and you deserve it. And more.

+ Read More
Gabriela Santiago
6 days ago

I came to donate but saw that you were no longer accepting donations. I just wanted to say: you guys rock. You are so strong and smart and hardworking, and I can't wait to see what rad robots you are all creating ten or twenty years from now. Keep engineering the future!

+ Read More
Surly Badger
6 days ago

I saw an article about the abuse these beautiful young people had to deal with (and they dealt with it so well!) so I came to donate. Happy to see you hit your funding target, sad to see I couldn't help. Can you contact people or post if you re-open another funding drive? Go PantherBots!

+ Read More
Nichelle Nakano Wileman
8 days ago

Congratulations! Keep striving to reach your goals! You are what makes America great.

+ Read More
Maureen Cunningham
8 days ago

I came to donate and I am so happy that you have reached your goal. I was moved by your story, and wanted to show you that those of us who embrace diversity and love far outnumber the haters and the racists, who will never win and will never represent this country. I hope that you do well at Worlds, and I will be watching for future wins from this team. Please know that you have a friend in upstate New York who is rooting for you! Let us know what you need! You make us all proud! Go Panther Bots!

+ Read More
Ann Jacobson Ackerson
8 days ago

Donated to TECHPOINT FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH in honor of the Panther Bots. Science Rocks and so do you!!

+ Read More
Shane Patrick Dorsey
8 days ago

I wish I could still donate to your team. I read your story in the Indy star and I was absolutely shocked. I am black and my fiancee is Hispanic. I love the diversity of your team. Keep shooting for the stars and do not let anyone bring you guys down.

+ Read More
Julie Blakeslee
8 days ago

I came to donate as well, but looks like you all are well on your way! So proud of you for working hard and staying kind, even when people are rude to you. You will go far. Lots of love from Vancouver, WA.

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