Help send the Kennedy Robotics team to the FIRST World Championship competition in Houston!
Kennedy Robotics has again qualified to compete at the FIRST World Championship in Houston, held April 17-20! We need to raise $25,000 to take the team and its robot to Houston. The funds required to attend the World Championship are above and beyond the ability of the team to self-fund. Time is also a factor, with less than four weeks between the time the team qualified and the event. We are a registered 501(c)(3) charity.
The program at John F. Kennedy High School, a public school in Sacramento, is designed to promote interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and provide the hands-on training to design, engineer, machine and program a competition robot in the FIRST program. Students who participate use professional-level equipment and hardware, and learn leadership and team work skills that help them to succeed in college and in their careers.
This is our third trip to the World Championships! In the ten years of competition in FIRST events, the team has received over 35 major awards. The majority of them have been in recognition of design and engineering excellence. The team is consistently recognized for its outstanding safety program. The students log over 1,000 of hours from January to March each year designing and building a competition robot. It is truly a work of students, by students.
Participation as a robotics team member has a long-lasting and positive influence on the trajectory the students take as they move forward in their academic and workplace careers. The majority of students graduate from JFK and enter engineering and science programs at Sacramento State, CalPoly and UC Berkeley, to name a few. A number of outstanding students have entered top-ranked universities including Stanford, MIT and Carnegie Mellon. Others have taken a path to success by entering the workforce as trained professionals in machining and welding, or attend area community colleges to take advantage of the low cost of tuition and transfer opportunities. Quite simply, high test scores and 4.0+ GPAs are not enough to gain acceptance into top-tier schools. It is involvement in rigorous programs like robotics that help these students gain a competitive advantage and move on to further success in their lives. Thank you for this opportunity to highlight the Kennedy Robotics program.
We appreciate your interest and assistance in funding our team travel!