ACME Robotics Worlds Funding

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Raised by 33 people in 7 months

After a strong performance at the Northern California Regional Championship ACME is advancing to the FIRST World Championship in Houston Texas for the second year in a row! ACME is one of only eight teams to qualify for Worlds in all of Northern California and we are excited to represent Nevada County for a second time at this prestigious event. 

We are updating our fundraising goals as we now need to raise funds to cover the additional expenses associated with going to Worlds, which include competition entry fees and shipping costs for getting our robot and tools to Houston as well as travel costs for team members. 

For more details, please see the Updates tab and thank you again for your support as ACME seeks to raise awareness of STEM education opportunities in Nevada County.


After a very successful season last year, ACME Robotics is ready to compete in the 2018-2019 FIRST Tech Challenge program! For the first time ever, there are now two FTC teams in Nevada County, as we have started a sister team, #14492 ARES Robotics.

For those unfamiliar with us, we’re a community robotics program from Nevada County, California, composed of two teams of eight students each, as well as four mentors. We compete through an international organization devoted to promoting robotics and STEM education called FIRST. We’re part of the FIRST Tech Challenge league targeted at students in grades 7-12. Our season begins each September when the challenge for the year is released. If you’re curious about the game for this season, check out the Rover Ruckus animation.

We are now raising funds to support both teams as we design and build our robots to compete this season. ACME has already competed at an early season tournament back in November, where we were honored to win the prestigious Inspire Award, which qualified us for the Northern California regional championship in February. Our primary goal is to do well enough there to earn a spot in the World Championship tournament in April for the second year in a row. Of course we would also love to defend our NorCal title, as we were on the winning alliance and won the Inspire Award at the championship last season. ARES, meanwhile, had a great showing at their first ever tournament, and will compete in two more qualifiers in January as they seek to qualify for NorCals in their rookie year.

All funds raised through this campaign will go directly towards funding ACME and ARES Robotics teams this season. Specifically, the funds will be used for
- team registrations ($550)
- competition fees ($1,550)
- parts for the robots ($3,000)
- tools that will be shared by both teams ($450)
- Rover Ruckus practice field ($450)

All funds are received by the teams and disbursed through the team financial accounting system. Parent/Treasurer/Parent Advisory Council Chairperson, Alicia Brott, will receive the funds and then deposit them into the ACME account for ACME and ARES approved expenses. Please contact us through our website if you have any questions.

As a community program, we don’t get funding from any school. This makes community donations even more important. We’re very grateful for your continued support over the years; our success wouldn’t be possible without you all. Thank you for supporting STEM education in Nevada County!

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Thank you to everyone who has supported us and donated to our campaign! Your support is critical!

Over the last few weeks we have been working hard to prepare everything for Worlds. Today we finished packing everything and sent it off to the airport. The next time we see these cases will be in Houston!

One of side projects we have been working on over the last couple of weeks is edge lit side plates that showcase some of our major sponsors. We think they came out looking very nice!
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This past Sunday ACME competed at the Northern California Regional Championsips in San Jose for the fifth consecutive year. At the championships were the 56 top teams from the Northern California region of FIRST which stretches from Bakersfield to the Oregon - California border.

ACME again won one of the top honors at the competition. We competed in our division finals and won the Think Award, which is presented to the team whose written documentation best captures their engineering and competitive journey through the season. Winning the Think award qualified ACME to be one of only eight teams from northern California who advance on to the World Championships in Houston, Texas.

The next step for ACME is to prepare for the World Championship. We are planning to continue to make small iterations on the robot that will solidify our performance, as well as practice for judging and polish our Engineering notebook. This will hopefully prepare us for the championship, which will be held April 17-20. ACME will be competing with teams from western and southern states, as well as many teams from all around the world.

Heading into this part of the season we are looking to raise additional funding to help defray competition entry fees as well as the cost of getting the robot, and ourselves, to Houston.

As always, your support is greatly appreciated.
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