Mercenaries 6369 Operating Fund
What is the FIRST Robotics Competition and why is it so important to these high school students? Watch the video below for a brief explanation.
Who We Are: We are a group of high school students and adult mentors from McKinney, Texas, and this is our rookie year competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition! We were born from a need to provide Robotics and STEM to the community at large, and in the few short months that we have been here we have done just that. Already this band of rogue roboticists has qualified for the World Championships in Houston and, more importantly, has partnered with the public library and local schools to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, start and mentor an elementary school Lego robotics team, expand and teach elementary and middle school coding clubs, and build a budding STEM community in our growing city. More than just a competition team, our goal is to educate students on what it means to be an engineer and to prepare them for whatever career they wish to pursue.
How We Got Here: Our story started when our city's school district decided to create a wonderful robotics and engineering program to promote STEM and provide greater opportunities for its students. As part of this initiative, a robotics team was started at each of the high schools and many robotics and engineering oriented classes were added to the middle and high school course options. Fast forward a few years, and due to the high costs and other logistical issues the district decided to terminate the FIRST robotics teams. Parents and students in the community decided to take it upon themselves to continue providing this much-needed experience. And so, Team 6369 Mercenary Robotics was formed. Through many trials ranging from low budgets to working out of a garage, this team has carved an important place for itself in our community. FIRST recognized our community outreach and contributions at the Brazos Valley Regional competition by awarding us the Rookie All-Star Award, which recognizes the rookie team that best exemplifies FIRST's mission and sends that rookie team to the World Championship. We couldn't be more proud of these amazing kids or more thankful to FIRST for giving us this wonderful opportunity.
What We Need: Since we are not a school team, we have to raise all of our funding on our own. Now that our rookie year has come to a close, we really need to continue growing and establishing a name for ourselves in the community. The funds raised here will first and foremost be used to do things in the community such as put on Lego robotics camps at the local library, start Lego robotics teams at local elementary schools, start FIRST Tech Challenge teams at local middle schools, and put on demonstrations and presentations all around town. Any funds raised beyond what we need for our community outreach will be available to the team for new parts and other expenses associated with the competition itself.
We are a 501(c)(3) organization, and if you would like to directly sponsor us you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check us out on Facebook or on Twitter @McKinneyMercs6369, and if you can't contribute monetarily then you can still help us out by sharing our story with your friends and on various social media!
We are currently completely out of buttons (they are traded and collected by every team and we underestimated how many we'd go through) but have more on the way to send out to those who contributed at or above our button level! With the end of the competition season the team will still be raising funds here, both to ensure we can afford the $5000 entry fee next year and to fund our outreach programs. We have many things planned in the community, and we'll be updating this page to show you guys the cool things we're doing for kids in our community as well as where your funds are being used in the community. Thanks again to all of you wonderful people and we hope to see you all soon!