Freezing Code To World Championship

Freezing Code Robotics Club is a robot club of eight local youth (from grades 8-12) from Oswego, NY which is in its third year of building and programming robots. The club formed two teams this year and competed in VEX Robotics "Nothing But Net" tournaments all over northern New York State. Freezing Code has met several times a week since April 2015 to build their "Nothing But Net" robots and to create autonomous programs.  This club met on snow days and over vacation time to improve the robots and their scoring potential.  Over Winter Break alone, the club clocked over 50 hours rebuilding and recrafting the entire bot to overcome hurdles that were experienced during competition. 

The dedication and hard work of the students and the coaches payed off!  They competed in more than 200 matches between November and March and earned many judged awards and tournament wins! Throughout the 9 tournaments attended, they received the Design Award two times, secured the Autonomous Programming Skills Award five times, received the Excellence Award four times, and became Tournament Champs all 9 times!  This is an amazing record for such a new team.

Freezing Code went on to win the 2016 Northern NY VEX Nothing But Net State Championship by being undefeated in all matches played that day and now qualifies for the World Championship Competition! Freezing Code, after successfully navigating the challenging and competitive 2015-16 season, now has the opportunity to compete against VEX robotics teams from all around the world.

The competition season culminates this April 20-23 when the top performing teams from VEX Robotics Competitions around the world will compete against each other at the VEX Robotics World Championship at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. At the World Championship, these exemplary teams will have the opportunity to challenge their top-ranked peers from the United States and other countries such as Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

The Freezing Code Robotics Club  does not have funding from any large sponsors, but it needs to raise money to attend the World Championship. They have 4 short weeks to raise about $9,000 to cover travel expenses for the team. They are working very hard in their local community to raise most of the needed funds. They have several fund raising activities planned that they hope will raise approximately two-thirds of the total they need. We rely on the support from community members, family, and friends and with the help of gofundme, we are reaching out to the internet community to make our way to the World Competition!

The members of the team are Matthew B, Michael B, Jeremy B, Adam H, Jordan R,  Jordan T, Katrina U, and Lydia T.  The coaching and mentoring is provided by Daniel Tryon, Mark Humphrey, and Casmir Usiatynski.  They need your help to get to the next level of competition and to represent the city of Oswego, NY.

Please help the Freezing Code Robotics Team travel the 682 miles to Louisville, KY this April!  They have worked extremely hard to have this opportunity and look forward to the challenges ahead.
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Dan Tryon 
Oswego, NY