Help The LUNATECS go to FRC Worlds

$6,650 of $17,000 goal

Raised by 74 people in 13 days

Being part of FIRST® Robotics Competition we’re used to tight, tense deadlines, but to meet this one, we need your help!

After a tough, well-played season, Our team FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) team 316, The LUNATECS, has qualified to participate in the FIRST World Championship in Detroit April 25– 28, but we can’t get there without your help! We need to raise $17,000 (registration, travel and operating costs) by April 24th,, and we need your help to do it. “Going to Worlds” is something every team, and student dreams about.

Your tax-deductible donation to South Jersey Robotics and sharing of this campaign will help this dream come true.

Missed Opportunity
In 2015, The LUNATECS qualified to attend the FIRST World Championship but were unable to raise the funds needed to attend. The students were devastated when they were told that despite qualifying for the FIRST World Championship they could not attend. This year, some of those students are seniors, facing their last year in the program. They are getting a second chance, but they can’t get there without your help.

The LUNATECS is a FIRST® Robotics Competition team based in Southern New Jersey. The team consists of high school students and dedicated mentors who, under strict rules, limited resources and an intense six-week time limit, raise funds, create a team brand and ultimately build and program an industrial-sized robot to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors.

Participation in this real-world engineering competition gives students the opportunity to:
- learn skills, through hands-on STEM activities.
- work with professional hardware and software.
- work side-by-side with positive role models working in STEM-related field.
- earn college credits.
- learn public speaking, presentation and business planning skills.

We can’t do it without you!
Our team relies on the generosity of our donors. Without your generous gifts, we would not be able to participate in any FIRST Robotics Competitions. Thanks to donors like you we are able to learn and grow through our participation in FIRST.

Participation in FIRST Helps Young People Realize Their Dreams:
- 70% FIRST® Robotics Competition alumni report increased motivation to do well in school.
- 88% of FIRST® Robotics Competition alumni go to college.
- FIRST® participants are four times as likely to pursue a career in engineering.
- Members of The LUNATECS have opportunities to participate in STEM-related internships.
- The team’s community outreach increases awareness of and promotes the ideals of FIRST® Robotics.

In addition to participation in the FIRST® Robotics Competition  season, The LUNATECS team members and mentors make a difference in the lives of others by working on various projects that give back to the community. We work with local communities and those with disabilities to solve problems. Most recently during the summer of 2017, LUNATECS team members built an adaptive device for a child at the Tatnall school in Delaware . They designed, engineered and donated an adaptive device enabling him to jump rope with the other kids in his class.

By supporting The LUNATECS (FRC 316) you help to support not only our students but the communities they mentor and support through outreach. You are helping to educate and encourage the next generation of engineers, scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs.

Thank you for showing your support by donating and sharing this campaign.

The Mentors and Students of FRC 316, The LUNATECS

Stay connected with the LUNATECS by following us on Facebook , Instagram , Twitter  and our blog  on the SJR website.

This team is part of South Jersey Robotics (SJR), Inc. a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in the tri-county area (Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties) and beyond. Over the past decade, SJR working with local communities and school districts has expanded and now supports 15 FIRST® Robotics teams in the tri-county area, serving communities and school districts lacking in STEM-related programs along with two summer camps serving over 100 students spanning multiple school districts.
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We're getting close to 40% of our goal, only $415 to go! Can we hit that today?

Thank you all for your generous support and please keep sharing our campaign and getting the word out!
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We're over $5,500 and on our way towards 40% of our goal! Thank you all again for your generous donations and sharing this campaign.

Preparations for the championship continue and this week we sent our robot to Detroit thanks to the generous people at FedEx who provide shipping for the FIRST Championship.

We're in the final week of this campaign and still far from our goal. Please continue to share this campaign.
Thank you FedEx! See you in Detroit!
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We've made it over $5,000 and blew past 30% of our goal thanks to you! Thank you so much everyone for your support!
Thank you for helping us get to $5,000!
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We've reached 55 donors and are only $280 shy of hitting $5,000!!! Thank you so much for your support so far. Going to the FIRST Championship is a once and a lifetime opportunity for our seven seniors and a fantastic opportunity for the rest of the team that has worked so hard to get here.
Please continue sharing this campaign with your networks.

Also, these donations are to a 501c3 which can make them tax deductible as well make them eligible for matching from employers. Please check with your employer to see if your donation is eligible for matching

We are packing up our robot and getting ready for #FIRSTChamp in Detroit 4/25. We are looking forward to competing with and against 400 teams from over 62 countries and our colleagues in the FIRST Mid-Atlantic region.
Our robot is ready to go!
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$6,650 of $17,000 goal

Raised by 74 people in 13 days
Funds raised will benefit:
South Jersey Robotics Inc
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