GRANDVILLE ACADEMIC TEAM BOOSTERS via Crowdrise
August 13, 2012
BENEFITING: GRANDVILLE ACADEMIC TEAM BOOSTERS
The RoboDawgs are a competitive robotics team based at Grandville High School which is located, of course, in Grandville, Michigan. They compete as multiple teams in a number of international robotics leagues - including VEX Robotics Competitions, FIRST Robotics Competitions, and the Great American River Race.
Help us buy a machine that will give these students the ability to create and manufacture amazing parts and components! This CNC mill will enable us to take the team to the next level and help our students enter college even further ahead. For more information on the team, simply google “Grandville RoboDawgs”. (Yes, you’ll find that virtually everything RoboDawg on the internet is about us.)
If you think you might want to help us buy the team a new CNC mill, read on for all the details……..
The RoboDawgs at Grandville High School have built competitive robots for nearly 15 years. Our student-design, student-built robots have been fabricated largely from parts you can buy at the local Home Depot, Lowes, or Ace Hardware. Have a look at the pictures to the left and you’ll recognize heating duct, PVC fitting, black pipe, and - yes – that is a lacrosse racquet. The team’s philosophy that their robots and their parts are made by the students, not by coaches or sponsors, has limited the design options available to the kids. That hasn’t stopped the RoboDawgs from building first-rate robots. All three of their FRC teams played all the way to the semifinals of the Waterloo FIRST Robotics tournament held outside Toronto last March – marking the first time in history that three teams from the same high school had all advanced that far in any FRC event. Later in March, their FRC team 244 was part of the winning alliance at the Troy District Tournament. Team 244 went on to place 6th in the seeding rounds in the Curie Division of the FIRST World Championship held in April, 2012. The team played every ounce of potential out of their robot at the FIRST Championship, wrapping up their season only when they lost in the semi-finals of the Curie Division.
There are incredible new opportunities for the team during the 2012-2013 school year. Grandville Public Schools has recognized that the RoboDawgs program is turning out excellent students who are better prepared for college and the careers that await them after that. The team runs its own study halls and tutoring programs – and the 54 members of the team posted a team GPA in excess of 3.7 for the 2011-2012 school year. Every graduating senior in 2012 received college scholarship money, and this college assistance averaged more than $17,000 per graduate.
So…… on September 6, 2012, Grandville Public Schools is opening a new home for the RoboDawgs. The District is opening a new Robotics & Engineering Center with ten classrooms and more than 10,000 square feet of build and competition space. And now you know why we have room for a new CNC mill!
The team wants to buy a Tormach PCNC-1100 Series 3 CNC mill. They have developed a configuration for the machine, and are working toward having it in place by the end of October. The Tormach people have really gotten into this, and they invited a group of team members and mentors to come to their headquarters for four days of hands-on training. They found room in a training class for our older youth - even before we’d purchased the machine. This company has provided machines like this to a large number of small machine shops as well as colleges and universities and we’re excited about the opportunities this machine will open up for our RoboDawgs.
So……. click on the DONATE button now to help us expand the educational opportunities for our RoboDawgs. We need to raise $28,000 to pay for the machine, installation, and training.
If you donate $50 or more, we’ll send you a thank you note and your very own RoboDawg DawgTag. (See the picture of our shiny team DawgTags at left.)
If you donate $500 or more, we’ll send you the thank you note with your DawgTag, and an autographed picture of the full team with the new machine once it is installed.
If you donate $1,000 or more, we’ll send you everything above and we’ll put your name on the DONORS plaque permanently attached to the new machine at installation.
If you donate $10,000 or more, we’ll send you everything above – and you’ll be recognized on our robots, in our pits, and in our promotional materials as a 2013 team sponsor.
If you want to go all in and donate the balance we need to raise, you’ll get everything above….. Plus we’ll bring team members to your place of business to personally deliver a custom aluminum RoboDawg wall plaque (made on the new machine) thanking you for your support. We’ll put our PR machine to work, and get you some nice public recognition for your support of the RoboDawgs
What are you waiting for? We need to raise $28,000 by the end of September…… Click on the DONATE button now and help us out!