A message from the team:
We are First Team 3807 and are Overland High School’s robotics team. Overland High School is an extremely diverse school located in Aurora, Colorado. We have members with different interests and backgrounds with over a third of our team being women and a large range of nationalities represented on our team. Our team was founded in 2010, when a student and physics teacher teamed up to bring robotics to Overland. As a student-led team, we recruit students interested in many fields -- computer science, several fields of engineering, and even fields of business and art/management.
Please take a few minutes to look at our end of season video from last year, which is an excellent showcase of who we are:
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for STEM subjects and inspiring teamwork, leadership, and Gracious Professionalism among students. We compete in the annual FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), which requires us to design and build one robot over the span of six weeks. The FRC involves large-scale robots (4 ft tall and 120 lbs). This past season, we were tasked with constructing a robot that could lift and stack plastic totes. The previous year’s robot needed to shoot two-foot exercise balls into tall targets. Every year, the competition is different, although certain aspects are always the same. One such aspect is the alliance system. You are never competing by yourself, as your team is paired with two different teams every match. FIRST does this to promote teamwork and Gracious Professionalism, two concepts that will be key for us to learn before we enter the workforce. As you can see, FIRST teaches more than just robotics.
Each year, we need to build a new robot, which means we need to pay for the parts that cannot be reused. This is not cheap. A robot can cost up to $4,000 which, for a small team of high schoolers, is a lot of money. We are asking for your help in funding this amazing project.
Our pledge tiers are as follows:
$1 - Fund a bolt. Bolts, as tiny and inexpensive as they are, play a critical role in our robot. Without them, we wouldn’t have a robot. For this, we will send you a personalized thank you email for supporting our team.
$5 - Fund the wires. The electrical wiring in our robot is also crucial. Without it, power could not be distributed throughout the robot, and even if we had an amazingly built robot, nothing would work. As a thank you for your pledge we will send you a team pin on top of a personalized thank you email for supporting our team.
$25 - Fund a motor. Motors are essential to any robotics project as they provide movement. Motors can drive anything from the wheels on the robot to an assortment of manipulating mechanisms. As a reward for this, we will send you a thank you email, a team pin, and a personalized dog tag.
$100 - Fund the four wheels. Wheels are one of the simple machines in engineering and in order to let our robot move around the field, we always need at minimum four. Wheels are very important, and as a thank you, you will receive a thank you email, a team pin, a personalized dog tag, your name in our brochure, and a team tshirt.
$200 - Fund the sensors. Robots, as cool as they are, start off quite dumb, so we add a multitude of sensors to help it know more about its current situation. As a thank you for your pledge, you will receive a thank you email, team pin, personalized dog tag, your name in our brochure, and a team sweatshirt.
$500 - Fund a special mechanism. Every year, the task requires some sort of special mechanism, whether it is to fire a frisbee, pick up a giant ball or lift plastic totes. These tasks require complex mechanisms, and can be very expensive to construct. As a thank you, you will receive a thank you email, a team pin, a personalized dog tag, your name in our brochure, a tshirt and a sweatshirt.
$750 - Fund the metal on the robot. Metal is an important component of most robots. We use mostly aluminum, in the forms of special bars call 80-20 and C-channel. These provide the frame for the robot and all of its components. As a thank you, you will receive a thank you email, a team pin, a personalized dog tag, your name in our brochure, a tshirt, a sweatshirt, and your logo or name on our team tshirt.
$1000 - Fund the chassis. The chassis is the most important part of the robot. It provide the framework on which the entire robot is constructed. However, it is not cheap to construct. In return for helping us fund it, you will receive a thank you email, a team pin, a personalized dog tag, you name in our brochure, a tshirt, a sweatshirt, your logo or name on our team tshirt and on our robot, and a visit with the team during build season, or if that is not possible, a video conference.
$3807 - Fund the team! Aside from covering the cost of the robot, team funds go towards competition registration, transportation, food, and many other expenses. Your generous support is greatly appreciated. In return, you will receive all of the rewards above. In addition to this, you and one other person will be invited to be imbedded in our team during competition. You will get to experience the entire competition, from the quick and stressful turnaround between matches to the fun team lunches to the insightful strategy meetings.
Risks and challenges
Building a robot in 6 weeks is no easy task. We have to design the robot, build it, build the electrical system and program it. We are all students and work on the robot 18+ hours each week in addition to school. We are all dedicated, but sometimes life gets in the way. While there is always the chance that the robot will not be completed in time, we can make two guarantees: 1) You will get your rewards for backing us and 2) Your donations will have helped us learn more than school could ever teach us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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