Robotomies

help SUPPORT THE ROBOTOMIES!

We are the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School’s Robotics team – The Robotomies, and we compete annually in the International FIRST Robotics Competition.

Since the team’s establishment in 2003, we feel we have been severely limited from advancing in the competition due to a lack of funding compared to other teams which often have a budget that exceeds ours many times over. Despite this, we still give our best efforts to create robots we are proud of.

This season we are committed to improving our placement by implementing a 3-year plan. This 3-year plan is centered around establishing multiple committees of members from the robotics club which each tackles one non-robotics aspect of the club; fundraising, events, and recruitment. To reach our fundraising goal, we need your help!

We need your donations to obtain the resources needed to get to districts and regionals. We are trying to get $10,000 in corporate sponsorships and $10,000 in private donations this year. Any money left over will be carried over to the next season. The goal is that by the end of these 3 years, we will have qualified and attended districts at least once and achieved a top-ten finish.

With proper funding, we can increase the quality and variety of parts, allowing us to build more creative and effective robots. Your contributions will also help us purchase the necessary machinery to create more unique and intricate designs for our robot to establish a competitive edge. With proper funding, we will learn more, gain the skills needed to go out into the world and make Groton-Dunstable proud.

More funding will better our performance, and that will increase our presence. If we are doing well, we become more talked about, more appreciated, and more appealing to join. With more people on our team, we can do more – not just relating to the construction of the robot, but also relating to spreading the love for engineering. For example, in May of 2022, our team went to the Groton-Dunstable Middle School to show off the robot to get the incoming high schoolers interested in engineering. So many of these kids said that they wanted to join the robotics club because of that demonstration. With a bigger team, we can do more than just a simple demonstration. We can expand what we are currently capable of and make a positive impact on the world. If we can get the funds we need, we can get the ball rolling. We can make this idea of a bigger impact become more than just an idea. All we ask is you donate to this fundraiser, and we can take care of the rest.

Photo taken after our WPI Competition on Sunday, April 10.

Team 1277 was founded in 2004, under the name ‘Musketeers.’ Over almost 20 years and a couple of name changes, the team has grown, changed, and transformed into the Robotomies. We wouldn’t be where we are without our generous sponsorships and donations from all our amazing supporters. When you support our team, you’re not just helping a team build and compete with robots- you’re helping kids gain experience that will later help further their careers.

FIRST brings so many opportunities not only during high school, but beyond. Simply being on a FRC team offers many scholarships for college. Hear it from one of our ‘22 seniors, Susanna Majkut: “One school offered me 2.5k a year just for being on the team. Knowing that being a FIRST alum can make my college more affordable is so rewarding!”

GD ‘19 graduate Tom Cote, who comes back every year to mentor current students, has gone above and beyond with the knowledge and experience he gained on the team. “Just talking about the things I did on this robotics team got me an electrical engineering internship right out of high school,” Tom says. Now, as a junior in college, Tom is a Systems Integration and Test Engineering intern. He works on electro-optical and infrared systems for defense and space application.

Not only do students learn important mechanical, electrical, and technological skills, but collaboration, hard work, and problem solving. When attending competitions, students must converse with other teams about game strategy- giving them a chance to improve their social skills as well.

When you support our team, you support not only our current season, but our futures. The Robotomies, team 1277, would like to thank all of its sponsors over the years for their generosity.

Thank you!

A huge thank you to all of our recent sponsors:

Colleen Neff
Dan Shreve
Lisa Fuellemann
Christy Lyon
Jesse King
Sarah Miller
Paul Leonardo
Sandra Dickes
Karen Majkut
Colleen McCretton
William Frey
Kimberly Flanagan
Sean Millette
West Auto Repair (Dunstable)
MedAcuity Software
Nathan Glenny
Jennifer Twitchell
Steven Johnson
Jessica Costa
Dorothy Dwyer

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