40% Funded

Ends Saturday, June 1st, 2019 at 4:59 AM

Total Donation Goal $25,000 $10,000.00 Funded

This campaign still needs $15,000.00 within 6 months!

1 Jul

About this Campaign

    Park Hill South Robotics (the Electro-Magnetic Panthers – team EMP) is part of the FIRST Robotics Challenge, a unique extracurricular activity that gives students hands-on experience in many fields including engineering, programming, electronics, marketing, business, and graphic design. Every year, we are given the task to design, prototype, build and test a robot in six weeks, and then we compete in at least one competition each year, where our members learn to use gracious professionalism with others. Our belief is that members of team EMP can take what they are learning in the classroom and apply it to real-life skills in a tangible way.    

    Now entering our 6th year, we have grown from 6 students to over 50 members. We are an open membership team and believe that anyone should be allowed to join. Our female participation has gone from 0% in our first year to over 25% for our current roster.

    We have several goals for ourselves as an organization. Our main goal is for the team to be mainly student run. We have an executive board that structures the meetings and sets team goals for the year. Another goal is to spread STEM awareness to our schools and to the community. Our students have helped start a First Lego League team (another branch of FIRST to introduce elementary and middle school kids to robotics) at Lakeview Middle School and help mentor during their meetings. We participate in many STEM programs in the elementary schools throughout the year. We provide science activities to students in the special education department, and have recently partnered with a veterans’ organization to refurbish and donate electronic mobility devices to members of the community. It is truly amazing what these high school students have accomplished in promoting the values of FIRST robotics in the past few years and we feel that we are just getting started.

    It is also a goal of our team that no one has to pay to join or to travel. Therefore, we reach out to local businesses and individuals in our community to assist financially with this very expensive activity. The breakdown of our grant request is as follows: $3000 for tools and parts, $5000 for travel fees, $9000 to compete in two competitions, and $5000 for lodging at out of town competitions. We would also like to have at least $3000 in reserves for a possible third competition or surprise expenses. The donations from INVESTnow allowed us to participate in a second competition for the past two years. That experience was a catalyst for many students deciding to fully invest in developing their skills for possible careers in the fields that relate to FIRST Robotics. 

    This year, we are looking to build on our successes from last year. We had our first playoff berth in our history, we won the spirit award at the Greater Kansas City Regional, and one of our members was named a Dean’s list winner in the Colorado Regional. We hope to qualify for the World Championships this year, and look to develop a quality resume for the numerous awards for FIRST robotics teams including entrepreneurship, business, and engineering design. 

    We appreciate your consideration to our request and thank you for your generosity.

Donation History

Anonymous $1,000
Weirdwolf Graphic Design Schmidt $250
Linda Bergstrom $250
Law Office of Jane Francis, LLC $1,000
Clark Nguyen $50
Leibrands Riverside Automotive $250
Anonymous $500
Anonymous $1,000
Kendra and Gregg Eason $250
Anonymous $5,000
Anonymous $5,000
Law Office of Jane Francis, LLC $1,000
Anonymous $1,000
Anonymous $1,000
Anonymous $500
Leibrands Riverside Automotive $250
Linda Bergstrom $250
Ken Hoover $250
Weirdwolf Graphic Design Schmidt $250
Kendra and Gregg Eason $250