Bot Blast Arena Safety Upgrades

$600 of $2,750 goal

Raised by 10 people in 23 days
Jeremy Campbell  BLOOMSBURG, PA

Hello! Bot Blast , a combat robot event run by me and my family, is approaching it's 10th year of operation. One of our polycarbonate panels broke during a match at the 2016 event, making it clear that we are overdue to replace all the polycarbonate walls. Robotic technology is improving at a rapid rate, and our older 1/4" thick and 3/16" thick polycarbonate is no longer adequate for use.

I am asking for donations from friends, family, and the robotics community to keep our competitors and spectators safe. This spring I will be replacing all 12 wall panels with brand new 3/8" thick polycarbonate for the 2017 event in July. Each new piece will cost us approximately $230. Financially I can not do it without help; this arena upgrade is beyond what I can personally afford.  Your donations will allow our insectweight event to continue to operate safely. We have a perfect safety record, and intend to keep it that way.

Funds are needed by the end of May, so we can order the lexan, cut it to size, and get it mounted to the arena during June. The 2017 event is scheduled for July 15, 2017.

Your support will mean so much to me, my family, and the entire community of combat robotics. Without help, I would not be able to afford the upgrade, and would consequently need to retire Bot Blast, as I will NOT operate an event that isn't 100% safe for all in attendance. Safety is our number 1 priority and the structural integrity of the arena is one of the most important safety elements of a combat robot event.

I am grateful that competitors have enjoyed participating in my event for the last 9 years, and I want to continue operating an event that is looked forward to every summer.

No matter how small or large each contribution, I sincerely appreciate anything you can donate to help us keep our event safe. If we reach our goal, any extra money will go towards replacing the kickplates inside each wall panel of the arena. Thank you in advance, -Jeremy Campbell

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Update 1
Posted by Jeremy Campbell
21 days ago
I'm so thankful to be part of such a great group of robot friends! In just our first day launching this campaign to raise money for our lexan upgrade, we've already received enough contributions to pay for 1 of the 12 walls. Thank you so much to those that have made a donation. Words can't express how much I appreciate your assistance getting our arena up to a safe standard, so Bot Blast can continue operating!
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$600 of $2,750 goal

Raised by 10 people in 23 days
Created March 31, 2017
Adam Cunard
5 days ago

Thanks for always putting on a great event. Happy to help out.

Sean Hogue
10 days ago
Kris Bittle
13 days ago
Ryan Beaver
19 days ago

While I can't make it this year, I love Bot Blast and don't want to see it end. I know this isn't much, but it's the best I can do considering my own financial issues. Good luck Jeremy. Hope to come back again some day for an awesome event!

Brian Lund
20 days ago
Brandon Nichols
21 days ago
Ian Danger Miller
21 days ago

Jeremy Campbell is one of the most professional organizers I know, second only to Robogames. Congrats on ten years, here's to ten more!

Michael Buswell
22 days ago
Adam Duarte
22 days ago
Darren Houseknecht
22 days ago
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