Since we have reached our Initial goal, one thing that would help ensure our success this season would be a CNC Router Table to help cut out our parts.
If we can reach $1500 in funding we can purchase a desktop CNC router. The Shapeoko 2 is an affordable machine that will be very easy for our students to learn and will greatly increase our competitive advantage.
The Shapeoko in action
What is FTC?
Who are the Robo Hamsters
(FTC Team 7042)?
Robo Hamsters (FTC Team 7042) is a community-based robotics team comprised of public, private, and home schooled students from Culpeper (and surrounding) counties in Virginia. Each season, our team builds a new robot to compete against other teams in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) competition. Team members learn hands-on skills with the help of volunteer, professional mentors.
Our FTC Team is in its rookie season as participants in FTC. As a community team, we are not sponsored by a school system. We pay our own way by raising money through our team member fee, sponsors, and fund raising. Expenses include competition entry fees, robot parts (motors, servos, computers, gears, raw material, etc.), software, travel, and other team-related costs. Coaches and mentors are NOT paid positions. All money spent is ultimately used to help 'build' future scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians.
We Need Your Help
We are asking for support from our friends, community, or anyone wanting to encourage young people to follow careers in technology. Tax deductible contributions of any size are valued and appreciated! Team funds are managed by Angelic Robotics, Inc.AngelicRobotics.org. Your support will not only help our present team, but also our future students, as parts, tools, and knowledge are handed-down to the next generation of team members!
So what do Robo Hamster team members learn?
- Problem-solving, design and prototyping
- Teamwork, communication, and collaboration
- Shop skills, such as drilling with hand drills and drill press, using a band saw and shaping plastic, metal and wood
- Mechanical engineering skills, such as fabricating parts, assembling components, and working with motors, gears, servos, & pneumatics
- Electrical engineering skills, such as wiring, working with circuit boards, and troubleshooting electrical issues
- CAD & CAM skills
- Software programming skills
- Public relation skills, such as public speaking, marketing, branding, and team promotion
What is this year's game?
This year's game is Cascade Effect
Please support the next generation of inventors and engineers by making a pledge today—our team will be forever grateful.
Be sure to visit our website for more information about our team.
Special thanks to our parents, coaches, mentors, and sponsors for making this team possible!
Risks and challenges
There is very little risk in this Kickerstarter project. FIRST is a worldwide, established organization with rules that each team must follow. Robo Hamster team members are guided by a written handbook with specifics regarding roles and responsibilities.
While this is our rookie season, our FRC level team (Team 4466) is now in its second season, was a 2013 DC Regional Finalist and competed in the 2013 World Competition in St. Louis, Mo. Our FTC team is being mentored by the students/mentors of our FRC team.
All funds raised will support the team by paying for entry fees, tools, parts, and related team expenses. We expect insurmountable challenges, regular failure, and occasional conflict. Coaches and mentors are there to show team members paths to proceed and, eventually, succeed. In the finest FIRST tradition, we want to be help our great students become "Gracious Professionals", a characteristic of encouraging high-quality work, emphasizing the value of others, and respecting individuals and the community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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