Hi, we are FRC Robotics Team 1209, the RoboHornets from Tulsa Oklahoma. We have been a robotics team since the 2002-03 school year, starting at 11 members, and gradually growing ever since. This previous year we had 50 students on the team. Along with that large number of students, we also encountered some financial issues. This year we expect to have even more students, and could really use your help with the funding.
FRC stands for FIRST Robotics Competition, a competition put on by the organization FIRST where large-scale robots compete in fun challenges every year. FIRST is an organization who's name is an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, and was founded by Dean Kamen, the creator of the segway. FIRST aims to spread the ideas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) throughout the entire world.
Team 1209 also wishes to spread the ideals of FIRST and STEAM throughout our community here in Tulsa as well. By attending these competitions, we enable many students to see the fun side of engineering, and many of the students who go through the FIRST Robotics program end up choosing STEAM related fields to have a career in after college.
There is, however, one slight bump in the road. And by slight, I mean it's about 3 feet high. Building robots costs money. Lot's of money. Not only does the team have to spend money for enough material to build one robot, we also need to spend money on the materials for a second robot, to be able to test systems on the two robots while one of them is forced into a period of unuse before the start of the competition.
Competition is a whole different can of jelly beans on it's own. Team 1209 prides ourselves on being all inclusive, so long as YOU are willing to work, meaning we don't turn away those who may be in a rough spot financially. Competition budget has to be big enough to pay for hotel rooms, pay for a bus driver to come to competition with us, pay for food during our stay at competition, and support the unknowable amount of students who simply cannot afford to pay themselves.
Team 1209 doesn't just build robots and compete with others though. It is the goal of the RoboHornets to better our community as a whole. The past few summers, the team has supported multiple summer camps, such as those at Hawthorne Elementary School, an elementary school in the lower income section of our city, the Dream Center, an after-school facility in this part of town that looks after kids if, say, their parents have jobs and can't look after them, and the Boys and Girls Club sponsored by the Salvation Army. An increase in funds would also be an increase in the tools we have available to teach much younger students the joys of STEAM. The team also does volunteer work at places such as the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
Overall, our team could really use your help. We thank any one of you who donates, whether it be $1 or $100, anything helps. From all of us here at Team 1209, thank you very much for supporting our cause.