Cyber Mafia (FTC 5687) - World Festival 2019

Hi. We are Cyber Mafia (FIRST Tech Challenge team # 5687), a robotics team from Carson High School in Carson City, NV. We are seeking donations to our team to fund our current competition season (2018 – 2019 ROVER RUCKUS). As a robotics team, we have ongoing expenses to purchase robot components (i.e. motors, sensors, controllers, structural components, etc.), tools and equipment, as well as the registration fees for our team each season. We hold events throughout the year and work to fundraise for these costs.

However, by far our greatest expenses are related to travel. That is especially true this season when we have earned a invitation to the FIRST Championship, also known as the “World Festival.” This competition brings together the best K-12 robotics teams from around the world, and we are proud of our accomplishment.

The World Festival will be held in Houston, TX the week of April 15, 2019. We must raise approximately $20,000 for our team to travel to the event, transport our robot and equipment, and compete. Here is our budget for this event:

World Festival Registration Fee = $2,000
Airfare (13 people) = $6,500
Rental Car (2 minivans) = $1,200
Gas (for rental cars) = $300
Cargo (ship robot, equipment, etc.) = $1,000
Lodging (5 rooms for 7 nights) = $5,250
Meals (13 people for 8 days at $30/day) = $3,120
TOTAL = $19,370

We need the funds immediately in order to pay the registration fee and purchase the plane tickets.


Our Season

Cyber Mafia posted consistent results throughout the season, entering the Northern Nevada FTC League Championship in January ranked second in the robot game.  The team was knocked out of the tournament in the semifinals, but won the top judged award, making them the northern Nevada champions.

With a few weeks in between for some final preparations, the team travel south for the Nevada State FTC Championship.  There the team won multiple awards, including the top prize: Inspire Award – 1st place (best team overall), Finalist Alliance Award - Captain (captain of the 2nd place alliance in the robot game tournament), Promote Award – 3rd place (video to promote FIRST and its robotics programs) and Compass Award – 1st place (for the coach/mentor who had the biggest impact on his or her team).  This the first time the team won the Inspire Award and became state champions.

Additionally, team members won individual awards.  Nanami Duncan was selected as one of two finalists in the state for the Dean’s List Award, named for the founder of FIRST, inventor Dean Kamen.  Nevan McIlwee was named as a semifinalist for this award.  The award is given to team members who best exemplify accomplishments in all areas of the program, including technical skills, outreach and community service.  Duncan will now go on to compete against finalists from around the country for ten scholarships granted to the winners.


Our Team

We are the robotics team at Carson High School. We are a fairly young team, with two Freshmen, seven Sophomores and one Junior. Our team was founded in 2012, and this is the third time we have received an invitation to the World Festival.

We are very active team in our community, contributing more than 800 hours of outreach and volunteering in the past year. We do demonstrations at STEM/STEAM events, give presentations, teach classes/workshops, mentor teams, and coach two FIRST LEGO League Jr teams. Also, in partnership with the Sierra Nevada Junior Optimist International (JOI) Club, we perform community service, such as collecting food for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada as part of the Souper Bowl of Caring.


Your Donation

Your tax deductible contribution (Carson High School — TIN 88-6000130) to our campaign will ensure that these students continue to have life-changing experiences through participation in this robotics program. We aren’t just building robots. This program demands the development of many other skills: problem-solving, time management, teamwork, public speaking, volunteerism, and community service. Perhaps the most important life skill is how to overcome obstacles and find pathways to success.

We are grateful to all those who support us.

FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC)

FIRST® Tech Challenge is designed for students who want to compete head to head using an exciting sports model. Teams design, build, and program their robots to compete on a 12' X 12' field, in an Alliance format, against other teams. Robots are built from a reusable platform, powered by Android technology, and programmed using Java. Teams, including coaches, mentors, and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles, such as rapid prototyping. Awards are given for the competition, as well as community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

FIRST Tech Challenge Is... 

FIRST® Robotics

FIRST® is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Based in Manchester, NH, FIRST was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen. FIRST is a Sport for the MindTM where young, innovative, and creative minds explore science and technology, solving real-world problems and competing in exciting, hands-on robotics challenges. The annual programs culminate in an international robotics competition and celebration. Through their FIRST experience, participants win recognition, gain self-confidence, develop people and life skills, make new friends, and perhaps discover an unforeseen career path.

FIRST Is... 

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Organizer and beneficiary

Cyber Mafia 
Carson City, NV
Sierra Nevada JOI Club 
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