Robotics Team 3865-IN State Finals

$3,038 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 43 people in 41 months
My name is Jenny Engstrom and my husband, Stephen, and I are two proud parents of the Riley/NewTech Robotics Team 3865! Our son, Matthew, is one of the Drivers of the robot of the Riley/NewTech Robotics Team 3865, formally named “Not Your Average Roboticists".  Riley and NewTech are the 2 high schools that make up Team 3865.

Two weeks ago, our team won District Finals in Kokomo, IN and just today at Purdue University, they were informed that they qualified to participate in The Indiana State Finals! This is huge for a small urban team who hasn't made it this far before!

After the two competitions they just had, our local YMCA does not have any more funding to send their Robotics Team 3865 to the Indiana State Finals on April 2-4, 2015 (this is just 2 weeks away)! The figures I was given to calculate for the State Finals event is a substantial $7,000!! That means each of our Robotics students would need to raise $350 each in order to pay the required registration fee of $4,000 which will need to be submitted by 2-3 days before the actual State competition (only 9 days away). In addition to the event registration fee, the remaining $3,000 will cover all the travel/hotel/food expenses for 3 days. That seems to be an unattainable amount of money for each of our children to raise in such a short amount of time. Many of our kids have families that are considered “low-income” and do not have private funds to cover these costs. 

My husband and I want so much to do more for our kids on the NewTech/Riley Robotics Team, which is funded by our local YMCA. They founded the first Robotics team here in South Bend, IN; which is Team 3865. We need to find ways to fund these 20 amazing high school kids so they will be able to compete in the State Finals for the first time.

We are so proud of where the Robotics program is heading, especially since technology and engineering are so prevalent in our time! I hope and pray that this letter of my most heartfelt pleas have been heard! We have very little time to work with, but I believe we can do this!! We can only do this with faith and hope and with the help of our community! Thank you for reading what’s in my heart for this team, this would be the first year they would compete in the State Finals.
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Robotics Team 3865 wanted to thank each of you for giving towards their state finals fund! We are full of joy that we made it this far (next year will be even BETTER)!! We did not place in this event, but it gave them a new perspective and an edge for the next build season (we get the new plans and objectives in January, but our team never stops meeting and thinking of great things)! Congratulations to all the FRC teams, you all did great!! Thank you all again for your support and please feel compelled to continue supporting us through the michianaymca.org!
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We made it!! Robotics Team 3865 working hard in the pit! It's awesome crazy!
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Glory to God, Robotics Team 3865 was able to raise enough funds to pay the registration fee, travel, hotel and food expenses!!! With all of YOUR gracious giving and several local donors, WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED!! The robotics program is ongoing and is always in need of donors for each year, so don't forget to pop on over to the www.michianaymca.org to give a gift for this program any time! I will post pictures of the State Finals as they are happening and when it's all done! Thank you everyone, THANK YOU!
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I am so proud to be a robotics FIRST parent! FIRST is an acronym for 'For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology'. It's a beautiful thing, please support these kids!
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Heather Camoras
41 months ago

That is obviously supposed to say "go show 'em". Damn you, autocorrect!!! :)

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$3,038 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 43 people in 41 months
Created March 21, 2015
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JK
$100
Joe Kernan
41 months ago

We're proud of you Wildcats!

KP
$10
Kim Patton
41 months ago

Good luck!

$50
Anonymous
41 months ago
HC
$100
Heather, Rey & Liam Camoras
41 months ago

Congratulations on getting this far - go show 'email what you've got in your state finals! We'll be double watching you, Ellie!

JZ
$25
Jennifer Zornow
41 months ago

Go Ellie & team!

MH
$50
Melissa Hiner
41 months ago

Good luck! - Melissa & Ted Hiner

JD
$30
Janice Dean
41 months ago

Particularly happy to see girls involved.

Heather Camoras
41 months ago

That is obviously supposed to say "go show 'em". Damn you, autocorrect!!! :)

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