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SWARM 957 To FRC World Championship

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Raised by 28 people in 8 months
We are team 957 SWARM from Albany Oregon! We are a mix of students from South and West Albany High schools and Oregon Connections Academy. We are an FRC Robotics team that competes in FIRST competitions annually. Although building and competing with an industry robot is a large part of what we do, we are also focused on bettering the community around us. We start by teaching STEM skills to as many students, of all ages that are willing to learn.

We are volunteer led. We build our robot from scratch and have about five mentors who take time away from their jobs every day, to help teach a team of about 20 high school students! These skills range from engineering, electrical, CADD, programming, community engagement, fundraising, and not to mention communication! Every year our team makes it a priority to do community outreach. This varies anywhere from doing presentations at our local YMCA and middle schools, to engaging and building relationships with local businesses and potential sponsors. In addition to being a completely volunteer led team, we require no tuition, and do not require students to have any skills to join the program. We teach them all of the skills they need to know to not only be successful on the team, but also in their career and life in the future.

In 2010 we earned the Chairman's Award, which helped us to qualify for worlds; our first time qualifying! We have not gone since. Last year we earned the Quality Award and have been working on becoming a more professional and an industrial grade team. Currently, we have ranked 10th out of over 150 teams in the PNW. Recently, we won 2nd place at the Wilsonville competition, and earned the Judges Award for the team's detailed approach to strategy, game playing and programming skills. These wins paired with our results from last year, demonstrates the dedication of our students and mentors at bettering the team.

The Worlds competition will be held on April 18-21, 2018 in Houston Texas. To register for this competition there is a fee of $5,000. In order for all our students to attend, it would cost about another $25,000. This is about $1300 per student, that they must provide personally, which is extremely steep for those that cannot fund themselves. Due to our lack of funding we are asking for you to help us make it to this once in a lifetime event! Your sponsorship funds would help contribute to transport the team and help make the registration fee. Any amount that can be contributed to our team is greatly appreciated. These students are the future of Albany. Your contribution will help build a better and stronger community. Thank you for your time and help and GO SWARM!!  HUZZAH!
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We did very well at PNW Championships and ended our regular PNW season ranked 15th out of 154 teams in our division!

With that ranking we have qualified to go to the FRC World Championships in Houston!

Thank you to everyone who has donated thus far to help us fund the trip! We travel on the 17th!
SWARM at PNW Championships
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We are all set up and ready for the start of the Pacific Northwest Championships tomorrow!
Ready for PNW Championships!
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Last Friday and Saturday March 30th and 31st, Team 957 SWARM had our second regional qualifier competition this season at Lake Oswego High School.

We had some rough match ups at the beginning and were 2-3 but battled back strong and finished qualification rounds in 2nd place out of 36 teams! The team put together a strong 3 team alliance with the 4H- CAM Academy Clover Bots from Battleground, WA and the Generals from Portland, OR.

We won 2 straight matches in the quarter finals and moved on to the semi finals where we also won two straight matches to go into the finals.

In the finals, we were matched up against team Mean Machine from Camas, WA. They were one of the teams who defeated us at Wilsonville in the finals. They played well and again beat us in 2 straight matches. The first match was very close. We had them on the ropes but Mean Machine
earned its name and managed to pull off a great play at the end for the win.

We assembled a playlist with all of our Lake Oswego matches. You can watch that here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKSrYZg-nXkCzjPTPEnhkZxvR2-1oCkJw

At the end of the event, our team was awarded the Motorola Solutions Quality Award which celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication. We had a very problem free event in Lake Oswego. The students did some standard maintenance such as tightening chains and checking tire pressures but didn't have any mechanical issues at all.

We will be competing against 63 other teams at the Pacific North West Championships this Thursday, Friday and Saturday the 5th - 7th at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

We had a lot of fun this weekend and we wouldn't be able to do it without your support!
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We're making progress! We'll be getting prepared for Lake Oswego this weekend. Thank you to all of the wonderful donors who have contributed so far!

Here is a picture of the side banners we put on our robot at the last event. Each match you are teamed up with 2 teams to form an alliance. We swapped out these side banners for each match to the teams we were paired with. We had them in the pits and allowed other teams to come and customize them if they wanted. Thank you to all of the teams who did!

This picture is missing the two side banners from our playoff Alliance partners, 2990 Hotwire and 3024 My Favorite Team (their actual team name) which are still on our robot in the bag.
We love you guys!
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