Help Send RoboGals to Olympics
Why we love robotics!
This is a story of two Aurora, IL girls (ages 9 and 10) who have a great interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and found their love for robotics competition this Summer. After meeting for the first time in June, 2015 Kaiya and Jensie became friends right away. They are a perfect match with Kaiya's mechanical engineering aptitude and Jensie's superb programming skills. That same day they registered for the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) competition with the team name, RoboGals. Four months later, they are National WRO Champions invited to go to the World Championships in Qatar!
The World Robot Olympiad is a global LEGO Robotics competition. It is an event that brings young people from all over the world together.This year over 50 countries with nearly 20,000 teams are participating in this event. Each participating country has its own competition and the best teams are invited to compete at the World Robot Olympiad World Championships in Qatar. http://www.wroboto.org/
The category that the RoboGals entered is the Regular Elementary Category where competitors design, build and program a LEGO robot to navigate a 94" x 40" playing field, push colored blocks, detect block colors and accurately drop ping pong balls in a scoring zone. Team with the highest score wins with fastest time as a tiebreaker. The RoboGals scored a perfect 100 at the Illnois State Regional on August 22 and did the same at the National Championships on Sept 19. Other National competitiors also scored 100 points but the RoboGals robot completed the challenge twice as fast as the second place team. This was done with a totally redesigned robot that competed at Regionals. Their drive to win and thier passion for robotics enabled them to work tirelessly to build and design a winning robot.
But the road has not been easy.....
Over the last 4 months, Kaiya and Jensie worked almost every day prototyping, building and testing their robot. Pizza was a dinner staple and other priorities took a back seat.
Their first robot was a slow moving robot that used tank treads and a large ping pong ball holder. They decided on this design because the robot needed to climb over a short wall and they felt that this robot would be more reliable and accurate. They were right. Their robot was the only robot to score the maximum 100 points at the Illnois State Regional. But after doing research, they needed a faster robot for Nationals.
So they decided to scrap the first robot design and build one that could read multiple colored blocks with mechnical arms with sensors. This was risky and ended up a nightmare to get right. Between the size limitation and figuring out how to use gears for the mechanical arms, the robot went through many revisions. Many times they almost gave up. But they knew they had to build this type of robot to win. "Go Big or Go Home". Their perseverence shined through and it was only a week before Nationals where they had a somewhat workable design. More late nights and Coca-Cola helped them finalize a robot that was reliable and fast!
National Championship Run!!!
Big props to Kaiya and Jensie's parents for being right beside them every night and to Chasewood Learning for providing the Robotics mentorship and practice facitilies. http://chasewoodlearning.com
The money will be used for travel expenses to send 5 people: team members, parents and coaches to Qatar. So far all expenses have been out of pocket by parents and coaches.
5 coach seat tickets from Chicago to Qatar: $5000
5 night stay - 3 basic rooms: $2,250
Meals, ground transportation and incidentals: $750
5 coach tickets from Chicago to China: $4000
5 nights stay - 3 basic rooms: $2250
Meals, ground transportation and incidentals: $750
We are a passionate team wanting to accept the invite to go to Qatar and represent the USA but funding this type of effort can be difficult. We are putting in the time, sweat and less than parent approved eating habits to the day we leave. Any donation will help relieve the burden on our team and is greatly appreciated. We will keep you updated on our results.
If we exceed our goal, any additional funds will be reinvested as continued support for the girls for future competitions as they hope to continue on to bigger adventures in robotics.
If we miss our goal, Chasewood Learning will work hard as their sole sponsor to source the funds needed to fill the financial gap.
The RoboGals have now been invited to a World Robot Invitational in Bejing, China to represent the USA at the end of November.
Wow, what a great honor to continue to be ambassadors of our country and girls in STEM.
While this is an amazing opportunity, we now need additional help paying for this extra trip. The families of Jensie and Kaiya can only contribute so much.
If we do receive donations over the Qatar amount, we will use it towards China and be humbly grateful. We intend to continually inspire beyond these events.
If you wish to donate to a 501(c)(3) or miles/points, we have methods to do that. Please message us on this site for more information.
We understand that we are role models now and are spreading how Girls in STEM can achieve high goals. The media and local leaders are helping us inspire others. We have been featured in several media outlets (NBC TV, Chicago Tribune, Aurora University, District 308) and events are planned to recognize our achievement (Alderman Bugg and Congressman Foster). Visit and like Chasewood Learning's page to follow our activities - www.facebook.com/chasewoodlearning
As for our robot, we have made changes to prepare for World's. Our robot now can carry the larger ping pong balls and with Jensie's new drop design. We are also preparing for the dreaded Special Rule. At the World Championship, there will be a Special Rule introduced that will require build or programming changes. An example is "the robot needs to touch the back wall within 20 sec instead of the original 30 sec". A rule like that requires special programming. Our coaches are giving us multiple scenarios and we are working to hard to prepare. We actually have a backup build developed by Kaiya that eliminates our 3 block read. We are trying to prepare for any Special Rule!!
Ok now, back to work. Please keep sending us messages.....we love hearing from our supporters.
P.S. We accepted an invite to represent the USA in a 10 country event in Beijing, China two weeks after we get back from Qatar...wow...another passport stamp!! Any funds over our Qatar goal will be used for our travel to China. Again, we are grateful for all the support and cheers. We will represent the USA with honor and all girls in STEM.
When is the event ? I helped to run the First Lego competitions in Wisconsin so love to see this, and some amazing work you guys have put in ! I'll see if maybe we can pull something together for you superstars ! (please excuse the profile picture, just doing some fundraising of my own for cancer research... long story)