Travel Funds for Competition
We are Titan Rover, a multidisciplinary team of over 40 engineers and scientists at Cal State Fullerton striving to compete in an international competition for the second straight year. The competition, called the University Rover Challenge, is hosted by the Mars Society and Protocase and is conducted annually at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, UT. The mission is to create a robotic device capable of assisting the first astronauts that arrive on Mars. The Rover would thus need to traverse a rough terrain and allow astronauts to accomplish tasks and collect scientific data from an enclosed habitat. For more information about the Mars Society and the URC visit: urc.marssociety.org. Our team not only builds a competition-level robotic device, we exist also as a home for talented individuals to develop skills necessary to contribute immediately to the workforce upon graduation. Through a series of workshops and STEM outreach events we strive to develop the next generation of engineers and scientists of all ages and skill levels. Your contribution helps ensure that we can continue to provide a positive impact on the community and help bring international prestige to our region by developing our ideas into an award winning Rover for the 2017 competition. Your contributions now will help fund our initial development phase: design and prototyping. In order to begin our design we require a set of four motors to drive our Rover. Mechanical design requires building around available components so we must have the motors to select tires and design our suspension. These would be used for both the prototype and the final product so they are an essential component to our success. We also have several STEM outreach events in the coming months. We will be giving robotics demonstrations to the local Girl Scouts and local elementary and high schools. For a detailed calendar of our upcoming events, deadlines, and milestones go to: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=titanrovercsuf%40gmail.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/titanrover. Add Titan_Rover on Snapchat. Follow us on Instagram at instagram.com/titanrover.
It has been too long since our last update here. Thanks to your donations and those of our sponsors we were able to complete the prototyping phase and are prepared to give our Mechanical Systems Critical Design Review next Wednesday.
Following the CDR we will begin our manufacturing and purchasing phases which will require a substantial increase in budget. Thus we have raised our funding amount to $5000 to assist in this phase. Our total zero-sum budget for our completed project is set a $22,000, thus the funding amount requested here is 23% of our total budget. We have received $12,000 from the Mechanical Engineering Department but this money is only available in the form of reimbursement, so we must spend the money to get it. Thus we are asking for your donations now to allow us to make purchases now without compromising the credit of our team members.
Again, thank you to those that have already donated. While we didn't meet our initial goal of $1,000 we are hopeful that as we progress and more people are able to see our project, we will secure the funds necessary to build a rover that will dominate the competition in June.
Please help us by sharing this post and letting anyone who would be interested in our project know about us. This project not only serves as a learning tool to help us succeed in the industry, we have used it to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists through several outreach events.
Go to titanrover.com for a blog detailing both our outreach events and our design process.
We are concurrently working towards building a prototype chassis, suspension, and science cache while continuing the development of our prototype robotic arm. Our science cache design is currently being reviewed by SCCUR, Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research, for approval of presenting our science cache as a research project.
Stay tuned for more updates, we have many outreach events in the coming weeks. Feel free to stop by for more information about our project and to see our developments. Please continue sharing and supporting our posts, we are relying on these donations to help develop our innovative ideas.
I want to thank all those who donated last week. In just a single week we have already reached 10% of our goal and have had 100 shares of our campaign. Keep up the great work! For those who would like more information on our project and the progress made on our design join us this Wednesday at 7pm for our Preliminary Design Review!