Robotics Teams Turn to GoFundMe to Reach World Championship

108 campaigns have raised nearly $160,000

Redwood City, California | April 11, 2016 — Middle school and high school robotics teams across the country are raising money for their students to travel to Houston, Texas and St. Louis, Missouri to compete in the FIRST Robotics World Championship, a team-based robotics competition that brings together students from around the world to celebrate science and technology.  In 2017, 108 GoFundMes have raised nearly $160,000.

This year, GoFundMe created a new fundraising hub to connect potential donors to the local all middle and high school robotics teams. To support your local robotics team, click here.

Here are a just a few of the campaigns:

Naatisaan Robotics FRC Championship

Tonalea, Arizona

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“We are Team 6546 Naatsis’áán Robotics and we need your help. After attending the First Robotics Steamworks competition in Salt Lake City, we were invited by team 3245 to compete in the Idaho Regionals. In the Idaho Regionals we finished 9th place and won the Rookie All Star Award granting us an invitation to the First Championships in Houston, Texas. We would like to travel to Texas to spread our story to other teams there as we did in Salt Lake City and Boise to inspire other rookie teams that anything is possible as long as you have motivation, determination and are willing to give it your all.”

Elmira Notre Dame Robotics

Elmira, New York

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“Elmira Notre Dame's Robotics team, The Electric Fire - FRC Team #3799, competed in the Finger Lakes Regional Competition on March 16th-18th.  After several successful matches leading up to the final rounds, the #3799 Electric Fire Team was selected to be a part of the winning alliance. The team successfully advanced through the quarter, semi and final rounds and clinched the Championship title for the 2017 Finger Lakes Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. Now we are on our way to compete in the FRC Championships in St. Louis, MO, on April 26th - 29th  and we NEED your help.  This was an unexpected victory for our small team, and we are in need of funds to travel to St. Louis, to represent our team and our area.  Some of the expenses we need help with are: Bus Transportation, Hotel Costs, and Food expenses. We are so proud of all of our team members, as well as the teams we competed against.  Just for participating, all teams and their members are eligible to qualify for College Scholarships.”

Help G3 Robotics Travel to Houston!

Atlanta, Georgia

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“G3 is back and gearing up to travel! Hot on the heels of the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition: STEAMWORKS season kick-off, we are very excited about the challenges and opportunities that this steampunk-inspired adventure will provide. Following last year's success, our team has even higher hopes and bigger dreams for the new season. With your support, the 60+ students of G3 will grow as STEM leaders and entrepreneurs even beyond their greatest expectations.”

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