About Team Axiom
Northside College Prep High School in Chicago, Illinois is entering the third year of its robotics program. Last year, the program included two First Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics teams and one First Robotics Competition (FRC) team. Our two FTC teams, one all male and one all female, competed in the Iowa qualifying competition and our all girls team advanced to the state level competition. Our FRC team competed in the Midwest Regional competition and won the Rookie Inspiration Award. Other awards we have been recognized for include the following: PTC Design Award, Inspire Award, Motivate Award, Rockwell Collins Design Award and many more.
Starting in the 2013-2014 season, we will be putting a greater emphasis on our FRC team and move away from FTC. Over the next couple years, we plan on expanding our program to incorporate multiple FRC teams. As the first step in this process, we will be expanding our team from 16 members to 32 for the upcoming season. In order for us to be successful in this endeavor, we must also expand our funding.
In the previous year, we were able to cover the cost of our FRC team with a Rookie-Team grant that we received from JCPenney. This grant covered the cost of registration and our basic Kit of Parts. Entering the new season, we will have to now cover these costs ourselves, amounting to $5000. Additionally, we must take into consideration the cost of parts that are not in the Kit of Parts, as well as the cost to design, make, and test models of our robot.
What We Need & What You Get
Our team requires $25,000 in order to operate this season. Our estimated budget breakdown is as follows:
In return for funding us, you not only receive one of our perks but you also have the opportunity to nurture diversity in STEM fields.
What We Are Doing
This program ultimately benefits the students by giving them hands-on access to real engineering challenges, direct access to industry engineers that mentor the students, and an exciting and engaging way to become involved in a team-challenge directly connected with the STEM paradigm. Furthermore, we help promote equality in STEM by having a half female and half male team as well as equal distribution between ethnicities grade levels, meaning that our team will be made up of a similar amount of freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Moreover the building of our robots is done entirely by the student members, overseen by mentors.
Other Ways You Can Help
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