Rookie Robotics Team Needs a Little Help

Starting a rookie robotics team is very expensive as we are responsible to get all of our own power tools, hand tools, tool chests/cabinets, workbenches, electronics, computers, robot parts, competition field / game pieces for programming, uniforms, materials to build a pit, merchandise to give out at competitions, and we travel a lot for competitions. Remember many of these students will go on to receive scholarship opportunities due to the professional skills learned while participating in competitive robotics.

ENIGMA 16265 is a rookie FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team which currently has 9 members, ages 12-16, grades 7-11. 

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Video Transcript

Madelene:   Hello! We are Enigma: a community FTC robotics team under the FIRST program. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”  It offers four levels of robotics to students across the world with the goal to spark an interest in STEM.  

George:  The robots we build are 18 x 18 inches and compete against other robots in tournaments. these consist of multiple two-minute and thirty-second matches. The goals and theme of each season change every year. This year FIRST is teaming up with Disney’s Star Wars for a Star Wars-themed game.      

Isabel: Not only do we learn how to design, build, and program robots by applying real-world math, science, and engineering concepts, but we also learn important business concepts such as public speaking, fundraising, and we develop problem-solving, organizational, technical, social, and team-building skills.  

Jenna:  This is our first year as a team, and we currently have 9 members. However, 4 of us have done robotics under FIRST before, and have won over 21 awards within the program combined. We’re super excited for this season!      

Gray:  As a robotics team, there are many expenses including travel, tools, and the parts to build the robot. We decided that a unique way to fund raise for our rookie year would be selling our own custom playing cards!      

Everybody: Thank you for supporting our team!!
KiNslEy:  Make sure to check out our website for awesome tips and tricks!


ENIGMA 162165 at FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff 2019 in Albuquerque, NM (a couple of members couldn't make it so please forgive the lame Photoshop edits.) :-)


ENIGMA 16265 is a program of the 501C3 nonprofit Applied Dynamics Initiative so donations and sponsorship's should be 100% tax deductible. Check out   for more info.


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  • Beth Brunone 
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • Judson Stannard  
    • $20 
    • 3 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • Joyce Hood 
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • ScottCenteal Steampunks 
    • $10 
    • 4 mos
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Fundraising team: ENIGMA FTC 16265 (4)

Isabel McCabe 
Raised $40 from 2 donations
Albuquerque, NM
Russell McCabe 
Jenna Essenmacher 
Team member
Seth Sherwood 
Team member
This team raised $520 from 11 other donations.
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