Sponsors needed for Grandville Middle School VEX teams

Seven years ago, the first Grandville Middle School VEX teams played in a tournament.   for the first time.  At that event, the Grandville Autodesk VEX Qualifier, our best team won the Excellence Award – the top award at a VEX event.  Since that first event, our MIddle School teams have a rich history of success.  This program has grown stronger as we have had our teams build at our centralized Robotics Center and it two of the last four years Grandville Middle School teams have been State Champions (216A in 2015 and 216F in 208).

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GMS Team 216A – TIDBIT, with the two top awards from the State of Michigan Championship.

This program is funded each year through the donations of generous sponsors like you.  All our teams have moved to the newest VEX hardware, the V5 Robot Brain, the new V5 controller, and eight mated V5 motors.  These teams are not inexpensive, with the first year cost for a new Middle School team totaling just over $1.800.  We spend, on average, $1,000 to support each returning team.

We need sponsors to support our teams.  Detailed sponsorship information is included at the bottom of this post, along with a link for those who want to contribute online.  But first, a little about this year’s VEX Tower Takeover Challenge

Every year, the Robotics Competition and Education Foundation releases a new VEX EDR challenge.  This year, our teams will play Tower Takeover, which is played on a 12’x12’ square field.  Two team alliances capture and score the 66 large Cubes on the Tower Takeover Field. They battle with an opposing alliance, making tall stacks of these Cubes in scoring zones and battling for control of seven Tower Goals.  Teams score based on the number of Cubes of a given color are stacking in their scoring zones and scored in the Tower Goals.  Every time Cubes are scored in or removed from Tower Goals, the value of ALL cubes on the field changes. So the actions of one Robot impacts the potential score for both their own alliance, and their opponents.

Our Grandville Middle School teams will compete in several times this season, and you can see them at events including:

November 2 – Hudsonville VEX Tournament

November 9 – West Michigan Middle School VEX Tournament

December 7 – West Michigan Holiday VEX Tournament

January 4 – Grandville Middle School New Years VEX Tournament

January 11 – Jenison VEX Tournament


 

Sponsorship Opportunities 

You can support our VEX Robotics program with a contribution of any amount.  You can also sponsor a specific team or event in any of the following ways:

Team Sponsorships:

____ $100 VEX EDR Team Contributor
____ $280 VEX Team – V5 Motor Upgrade Sponsor

____ $549 VEX Team – V5 Controls System Sponsor
____ $1,000 VEX Team – Full Team Sponsorship

Program Sponsorship:

____ $2,000 District-wide VEX Robotics Program Sponsor

Event Sponsorships: 

____ $500 West Michigan Fall VEX Tournament Sponsor (Event Date: 11/8)
____ $500 West Michigan Holiday VEX Tournament Sponsor (Event Date: 12/1)

____ $500 West Michigan New Years VEX Tournament Sponsor (Event Date: 1/4/20)

____ $500 West Michigan 2019 VEX Tournaments – Competition Field Sponsorship

Grandville Robotics is supported by the Grandville Academic Team Boosters, recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 public charity.  Your contributions are tax deductible in accordance with IRS rules.  You can contribute online with the link below, or you can send your check to the Grandville Academic Team Boosters, PO Box 265, Grandville, MI  49418.  (please make your check payable to the Grandville Academic Team Boosters)

Contribute online at:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ZQV6FRBD7DC4G&source=url

 

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Flash Sale! Contribute this morning to put another drone in the air for today’s game!

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RoboDawg 2, one of our original eight blade quadcopters, pictured as it warms up for filming of the GHS Marching Band performance

We’ve never done this before, but we’re trying a 2 hour flash sale to generate funds to put another drone in the air this afternoon!

It looks like we have a near perfect day to fly our drones, and I’m putting out a plea for donors to help us over the top this morning so we can pick up a second drone mid-day and have it on the field this afternoon.  If you can help up by contributing $50, $100, or more this morning, go to this special Paypal donation site where you can contribute with no fees of any kind!  We have a matching donor, so everything we raise before 1:00 today will be matched dollar for dollar!

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=74MC5E5S2SGNQ&source=url

Please jump in and make a contribution if you can – and we’ll have another group of kids flying the new drone before the game starts at 4:30.

Please support our Grandville Lego League Junior teams

IMG_4599IMG_4600IMG_4605Grandville has one of the largest elementary robotics program in Michigan, and students here have an opportunity to create and build at an early age.  This year we are fielding a record 18 Lego League Junior teams filled with 2nd and 3rd graders from all our elementary schools.  This is one of the few programs we run on a centralized basis, and every week almost 150 elementary students come to the Grandville Robotics Center with a parent.  This program is also unique, in that all of these teams are coached by high school RoboDawgs (under the watchful eye of Mrs. Hepfer…)

This program is funded each year through the donations of generous sponsors like you.   All our teams work with laptops or iPads to program moving parts in models made with a Core parts kit, supplemented with special themed parts unique to each season.  FIRST Robotics charges more than $100 a year to register each of these teams, and the Core parts kits they use cost $189.

We need sponsors to support our teams.  Detailed sponsorship information is included at the bottom of this post, along with a link for those who want to contribute online.  But first, a little about this year’s Lego League Junior Challenge

Every year, FIRST Robotics releases a new Lego League challenge.  This year, our teams will participate in the Boomtown Build challenge.  Teams will explore the growing needs and challenges of the people in our community. Teams will help to imagine and create a building that solves a problem and makes life easier, happier, or more connected for the people that use it.  They will use their imagination and the LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 to design and program their Boomtown Build.  Teams will keep track of what they learn in their elementary Engineering Notebook, and share their ideas in a Show Me poster.

All Grandville Lego League Junior teams will show off their models and materials in a special Lego League Junior expo, held during the Regional Lego League Tournament on Saturday, November 23, at Grandville High School.

Sponsorship Opportunities:  

You can sponsor our Lego League Junior program for any amount.

You can sponsor a specific team for $200.   (If donating online, please add the team’s school or name in the “add note” field)

Grandville Robotics is supported by the Grandville Academic Team Boosters, recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 public charity.  Your contributions are tax deductible in accordance with IRS rules.  You can contribute online with the link below, or you can send your check to the Grandville Academic Team Boosters, PO Box 265, Grandville, MI  49418.  (please make your check payable to the Grandville Academic Team Boosters)

Contibute online at:   https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=MRXKS6GDJQT56&source=url

Governor approves Michigan Legislature’s School Aid Grant for robotics teams!!!

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At 7pm last night, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer approved all 16 state budget bills passed by the Michigan Legislature.  She used her line-item veto power to cut nearly $1 billion from the Republican-led Legislature’s $59.9 billion budget – but she did not veto the nearly $5 million in state grant money to support competitive robotics teams (like the RoboDawgs) in public schools.

Thank you, thank you thank you to all the robotics supporters across the state who responded to our call last week to reach out to the Governor’s office and voice your support for these grants.  Your voice made a difference.  More than 100 adult voters from our area contacted the Governor’s office – so many that they had to develop a form letter to reply to all of us.  Here’s the text of her reply to our robotics supporters:

Thank you so much for taking the time to contact me about the importance of school robotics programs. I truly enjoy hearing from Michiganders from across the state, and I am grateful for the opportunity to respond.

I am happy to share with you that I support competitive robotics programs in school districts and ISDs throughout the state. As you well know, participating on a robotics teams provides students the opportunity to practice their problem-solving skills, cultivate creativity, and learn more deeply about science, technology, engineering, and math. Working alongside peers as well as industry mentors students have a unique opportunity to learn and grow. Michigan is the birthplace of automotive innovation and it is fitting we have many talented individuals eager to expand their knowledge in robotics.

I look forward to working with the legislature to provide state funding for these important programs. Thank you again for reaching out. Please do not hesitate to contact my office at (517) 335-7858 should you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Gretchen Whitmer
Governor of Michigan

They say it takes a village……  thanks for being part of ours!

Please support our Grandville VEX IQ teams

Robotics opportunities for elementary students have continued to expand, and we started our first VEX IQ teams the year this program was created.  It has grown to become one of our most popular elementary programs, and this year we have more than twenty VEX IQ teams across all Grandville elementary schools.

We need sponsors to support our teams, and VEX IQ sponsorship opportunities include school, team, league and tournament support.  Detailed sponsorship information is included at the bottom of this post, along with a link for those who want to contribute online.  But first, a little about this year’s VEX IQ challenge.

Every year, the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation releases a new VEX IQ challenge.  This year, our teams will participate in the Squared Away challenge.

VEX IQ Challenge Squared Away is played on a 4’x8’ rectangular field. Two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60 second long teamwork matches, working collaboratively to score points.

Teams also compete in the Robot Skills Challenge where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible. These matches consist of Driving Skills Matches, which will be entirely driver controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, which will be autonomous with limited human interaction.

The VEX IQ season is unique among elementary robotics competitions.  VEX IQ teams play in weekly or bi-weekly Leagues, where they get a chance to compete with teams from all over West Michigan.  These League nights provide encouragement for teams to constantly look for ways to improve their robot and its programming.  Our Grandville teams also play at multiple Saturday Tournaments, where they will play with and against up to 60 teams from other schools.

Sponsorship Opportunities:  

You can sponsor our VEX program for any amount.

You can sponsor a specific team for $200.   (If donating online, please add the team’s school or name in the “add note” field)

You can sponsor a competition field at our evening Leagues and Saturday tournaments for $250.  Every time teams are called to that field, our teams and spectators will hear your name?  (If donating online, please put the name you like on the field in the “Add Note” space)

We are also looking for named League sponsors for our league nights at Grandville Middle School (10/14, 10/28, 11/11, and 11/25).  These sponsorships get you recognized in all our communication and promotion, and we’ll let you briefly address the audience at the first event on 10/14.  League sponsors contribute a minimum of $500.

We are also looking for named Tournament sponsors for the January 4 event at Grandville Middle School.  These sponsorships get you recognized in all our communication and promotion, and we’ll let you briefly address the audience at the event.  Tournament sponsors contribute a minimum of $500.

Grandville Robotics is supported by the Grandville Academic Team Boosters, recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 public charity.  Your contributions are tax deductible in accordance with IRS rules.  You can contribute online with the link below, or you can send your check to the Grandville Academic Team Boosters, PO Box 265, Grandville, MI  49418.  (please make your check payable to the Grandville Academic Team Boosters)

Contibute online at:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=HKZBE7M4KGEKW&source=url

Please support our Grandville Lego League Teams

Teachers at Grandville Elementary schools were early supporters of competitive robotics for our 4th-6th graders, and we have fielded Lego League teams for more than 15 years.  Again this year, we have Lego League teams at every Grandville Elementary school.

We need sponsors to support our teams, and Lego League sponsorship opportunities include school, team, and tournament support.  Detailed sponsorship information is included at the bottom of this post, along with a link for those who want to contribute online.  But first, a little about this year’s Lego League Challenge

Every year, FIRST Robotics releases a new Lego League challenge.  This year, our teams will participate in the City Shaper challenge, consisting of a robot game and an innovation project.

In the Robot Game, teams
• Identify Missions on the Lego challenge field
• Design, build and program a LEGO Robot to complete the Missions.
• Test and refine their program and design.
Robots have to navigate, capture, transport, activate, or deliver objects.  Teams have only 2½ minutes to complete as many Missions as possible.

In the Innovation Project, teams:
• Identify a problem with a building or public space in our community.
• Design a solution.
• Share your solution with others and then refine it.

All Grandville Lego League teams will compete in a Regional Lego League Tournament, held on Saturday, November 23, at Grandville High School.

Sponsorship Opportunities:  

You can sponsor our Lego League program for any amount.

You can sponsor a specific team for $200.   (If donating online, please add the team’s school or name in the “add note” field)

We are also looking for named Tournament sponsors for the November 23 event at Grandville High School.  These sponsorships get you recognized in all our communication and promotion, and we’ll let you briefly address the audience at the event.  Tournament sponsors contribute a minimum of $500.

Grandville Robotics is supported by the Grandville Academic Team Boosters, recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 public charity.  Your contributions are tax deductible in accordance with IRS rules.  You can contribute online with the link below, or you can send your check to the Grandville Academic Team Boosters, PO Box 265, Grandville, MI  49418.  (please make your check payable to the Grandville Academic Team Boosters)

Contibute online at:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=MRXKS6GDJQT56&source=url

 

 

 

Growing team counts = need more sponsors

RoboDawgs Logo - No BackgroundOur Grandville Robotics program is fairly unique. We have strived over the years to defend two principles, and tremendous support from area families, companies, and the public has allowed us to do this.

First, our programs are not pay-to-play. We do not believe that a student’s opportunity to participate on a robotics team should be determined by their family’s ability to write a big check. Other area teams charge students up to $1,800 a year (plus travel expenses.)

Second, we build world caliber teams because we try to make room for every student who wants to participate. From second grade through graduation, we create opportunities for all students who want to create and compete. This is almost unheard of in the world of competitive educational robotics programs, and many programs accept less than 30% of the students that apply.

We are only able to uphold these two important principles because of the generosity of area families, companies, service organizations, and foundations – and the long-term support of Grandville Public Schools. Superintendents from Duane Sheldon forward, and our Grandville Public School Board, have been unwavering in their support for these academic teams.

This weekend, we’re going to post several sponsorship opportunities. This season, it is critically important that we expand our sponsor base. Over the last three weeks, we have kicked off 45 elementary teams, including Jr Lego League, Lego League, and VEX IQ teams. Another 28 high school and middle school VEX EDR teams have started building. That’s 73 robotics teams – before we get further into the season and launch our FIRST Robotics and Drones in School teams. Our robotics program will grow by approximately 25% this year.

We’re proud of the principles on which this 22 year old program has been built. We ask all our fans, parents, alumni, and community supporters to look through the sponsorship opportunities we post this weekend. Look for places where you’d be willing to support our teams. Think about others who might be willing to sponsor a team, a field, a tournament, or the program in general. Share the sponsorship opportunities with them. Help us continue to keep Grandville Robotics teams open to all students of Grandville Public Schools.

Thanks, in advance, for helping us share sponsorship opportunities over the weekend and into next week.