Gearing up for Next Season

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Dear Potential Donor,
We would like to take this opportunity to tell you about something fantastic that is happening in our community!  Something that is helping to prepare our young people for the rapid growth of technology and experience hands-on learning in relation to designing, programming, testing and performing with a robot that they build, operate, and compete with.  We would like to introduce you to:

Lawson High School Robotics
Team 2457 – “The Law”

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high school aged young people discover how interesting the life of engineers and researchers can be.  This program touches over 20,000 youth in 39 countries and helps boys and girls from all backgrounds get a head start in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) basics that they need to prepare them for college.

The mission of FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills; that inspire innovation; and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.  Dean Kamen, the Founder of FIRST, expresses its Vision as “To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”

Our team was formed in 2008.  In that academic year, we finished 7th out of 45 teams that completed in the St. Louis Regional.  We have won numerous awards in the past several years, including the 2013 Kansas City Regionals.  We qualified and participated in the World Championship in 2013, 2015, and 2017.

This year’s Steamworks challenge created two (2) Alliances of three robots each attempting to take flight through the power of steam. Robots scored points by filling fuel into boilers and delivering gears to the airships to turn rotors. During the final 30 seconds of the match, robots climb ropes in order to take flight. Our team was able to overcome a rough start at the Regionals and attain statics comparable to the top ranked teams in the competition.  We are eagerly anticipating the 2017-18 season. Its challenge will be revealed in January, followed by an intensive build season.

Participating in FIRST robotics does more than teach participants how to use a wrench or write a paper.  FIRST teaches students, as well as coaches, mentors, and even parents immeasurable skills.  These skills go beyond the classroom and workshop.  They include leadership, teamwork, honor, gracious professionalism, cooperation, perseverance and confidence. Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.  With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.

Donations and Sponsorships are how we fund our team.  The registration for the Regional competition is $5,000.  This fee includes a kit of parts to get started building the robot.  Depending on the design, there will be costs of up to $3800 for additional fabrication and functionality added to the robot. There are also costs for transportation to the competitions, as well as tools and equipment for the pit.  Additional competitions will come with added fees and associated costs as we battle our way through the 2017 FIRST Steamworks challenges.

On behalf of the 2016-17 Lawson High School Robotics Team, thank you for your support

A link to this years game:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMiNmJW7enI
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After a successful 2017 Season and a trip to the Championship in St. Louis, we are needing to replenish our depleted funds for the upcoming season. Our goal is to attend two regionals in order to qualify for the 2018 championship. Entry fees alone add up quickly. First regional is $5000; second regional is $4000; Championship is $5000. Thank you in advance for your help.
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We are excited to announce that The Lawson Robotics Team is going to the Championship Competition in St. Louis, Missouri. Help us offset the costs of the entrance fee, transportation, and lodging. The team greatly appreciates your generous donations.
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Two weeks left of build season! We are going smoothly on the robot and hope you will support us!
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Created February 8, 2017
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