CalderDrones - Championship Fundraiser

by Liam Edgeley in Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom

CalderDrones - Championship Fundraiser

Total raised £385

£1,000 stretch target 9 days left
154% 10 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 7th June 2024 at 12:51pm

Raising funds to help us return to the FIRST Tech Challenge UK National Championship 2024.

by Liam Edgeley in Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

CalderDrones has a sister team, CalderClones, made primarily of year 7-9 pupils. We'd love to help them progress further in next year's competition by purchasing a broader range of robot parts to choose from.

Calderstones School Senior Robotics Club ("CalderDrones") has been competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition since 2018. We've been hugely successful in that time, culminating in the 2022-2023 season when we qualified for the UK National Championship, won the Control Award sponsored by Arm and were on the Championship Winning Alliance with our partners team Digital Pancakes. 

This year CalderDrones has qualified for the UK National Championship once again, and are aiming to defend our titles - and maybe win some new ones!

The National Championship is held in Cambridge, which is a long way from sunny Liverpool. We're raising funds to help reduce the cost to students to attend the event - travel and accommodation are not cheap!

Any additional funds we raise beyond that needed for the Championship will be reinvested in the team (and our sister team, CalderClones) to purchase additional robot components for next year's competition entry.

FIRST Tech Challenge empowers young people aged 12-18 with the technical knowledge and soft skills to thrive in STEM and beyond. Working like teams in industry, they design, build and programme a robot to compete at progressive events. Over 120 teams competed at qualifying tournaments and up to 40 teams will compete nationally at the UK champs in Cambridge this June. The challenge is run by charity, FIRST UK, with a mission to make STEM less intimidating, more diverse and inclusive. 

In 2023: 

  • 71% now wish to pursue a career in STEM 
  • 41% identify as girls or non-binary 
  • 37% are from ethnically diverse backgrounds

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