2017-2018 Sibley HS Robotics Team

$21,900 of $36,750 goal

Raised by 18 people in 8 months

We are the Henry Sibley High School FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team Lightning Turtles.  2018’s the year we’re coming out of our shell and we really need your help!  We’re a 25 student coed team (open to all - still recruiting!) of technically and non-technically focused students dedicated to building a team -- one that builds robots and real-world engineering, programming, fabricating, business, public relations, social media, graphic design and leadership skills for high school students.  

For 2018, we have a brand new lead mentor from Ecolab -- Charles Nepomuceno -- joining us after 14 years with a Championship FRC team in Indiana.  He’s also joined by Doug Sisk (HSHS Tech Ed Teacher) and seven mentors from Ecolab, Mayo Clinic, 3M, Leidos Software  and Best Buy.  

We’re in the competition season now, having finished our 6 week build season where we designed, built from scratch, programmed and tested a large-scale robot to complete a complex set of competition tasks.  The team is taking our robot to two regional competitions this spring.  In Duluth, where we already competed in early March, we placed 4th overall out of 62 teams and were captains of the third out of eight alliances selected to complete in the finals (we made it through to semi-finals).  In LaCrosse in  early April, we'll compete to land a spot to be invited to the World Championships in Detroit April 25-28, 2018 - and we have a REAL CHANCE.

Building robots and entering competitions is very expensive.  We need to raise $36,750 to cover the costs of competition fees ($9,000), robot build and fabrication materials ($4,000), tools/pit materials/team apparel ($3,750) and team transportation and lodging for out-of-town competitions ($9,000).   If we are selected to attend the World Championships, we'll need to raise additional funds for entry fees, transporation and lodging to attend the World Championships in Detroit Apr 25-28, 2018 ($11,000).   We need donations and sponsors to keep our team running. Every donation helps, and your name/company will be part of our website Thank You page.  For higher sponsorship levels, you can be featured on our team t-shirts, right on our robot or even part of our team name.   


The Lightning Turtles - Team #3100

Team 3100 - as part of Independent School District 197 - is tax-exempt under Section 115 of the IRS Code. We appreciate both cash and in-kind donations. A letter of confirmation on tax-exempt status can be provided on request. Our tax ID is 41-6007628. 


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