The Calumet Copperbots are heading into their 2020 competition season! The team has doubled in size from last year and can't wait to finish the final details on their robot and head into the competition season! Most students involved has been put in at least 300 hours this year alone and many have more than that.
This season had the students put more time than ever into the program that they love. Preseason the team was busy with workshops put on by the veteran team members to teach all of the new students the many aspects that go into the building of a competition robot. Many of the rookie members were able to take a machining course this fall at the local CTE center that was paid by a couple of local businesses. They learned proper equipement usage on the manual lathe and horizantal milling machines and learned to make their own jigs and tools. The difference in the students confidence was just incredible. They could safely use industry standard machinery safely and began finding solutions for problems based on their new skill set.
The robot program at Calumet is much more than just building robots. The students work hard and learn to find successes in their failures. They learn to persevere and put forth their best effort for the sake of the team. They also learn teachnical skills like machining, CAD, computer programming, and computer graphics. Additionally, they learn to market themselves and the team. They learn the importance of partnership and networking. They get to compete with and against teams from all over the cstate of Michigan and potentially from over 30 countries.
The program is not cheap, but the rewards are priceless. The Copperbots are so fortunate to have many great sponsors and supporters, but still need a little more help to get through their competition season. The entry fees for this international program are over $10,000 not including travel. Each student is required to pay to offset some of the travel fees and entry and work for months on grant programs, local sponsors and fundraisers, but the fees are just too much to cover. The Copperbots fully expect to have a great season and have been fortunate to be qualify for the Michigan State Championship for the past 5 years and the World Championships twice in that time span. The Copperbots are also the first Upper Peninsula team to win the Michigan State Championship which they did in 2018.
Please consider helping out this great team on their journey this year!