We have been invited to the NC FRC STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!

Going to States

3/31/2017

** Important update **
**3/31/2017 **

We have been invited to the NC FRC STATE CHAMPIONSHIP and thanks to the help of many WE ARE GOING TO STATES!!!

Enjoy this Thank You video from the team after the amazing  fundraising effort that occurred this week! We raised Nearly $3500 on our EdCo site and received several checks allowing us to pay our registration fee to STATES! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!


3/26/2017

Good Morning,

My name is Bailey Blankenship, and I am one of the mentors for Bull City Botics, a high school robotics team. For the past six months, with strong community support, I have had the absolute privilege of helping a highly talented group of students at Riverside High School begin their journey through FIRST Robotics (https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc). Honestly, it's been really tough.

Our entire mentor team is composed of extremely dedicated full-time college students (most of whom attend NC State, one who attends Tufts) who volunteer 25-30 hours a week. Most of our high school students have never participated in a team like this (or any high-intensity team at all). We build in a classroom, and for the first two months of us meeting, we didn't have any tools. This job has been extremely difficult for everyone involved.

Hopefully, this puts our team’s dependence on community support into perspective. We truly could not do this without help from folks like you. Because of generous donations, we now have awesome tools, quality robot parts because of a generous local manufacturer, reliable materials with which to build, and food for our hard-working students.

With ample resources, our students have learned so much–bystander intervention, industrial design, optical recognition and control systems programming, networking, professional communication, web design, teamwork, and leadership–and they've received countless compliments on their positive attitude, sense of humor, generosity toward other teams (even has a first-year team), safety ethic, and professionalism. This team is also pretty darn competitive. The robot has a beefy drivetrain that pulls ~1440W of power in a pushing match, the students have a strategy that is well thought-out and effective, and the team has level-headed leadership to help make it all happen. Bull City Botics has something very special. So, it's no surprise that we’ve been invited to the State Championship at Campbell University.

I am so excited for this team, but we have work. By Tuesday (yes, 3/28), we need to raise $4,000 to pay for our registration fees. Please help us think through this issue–networking contacts, fundraising tips, and donations are all extremely appreciated. These students have far exceeded their expectations, and I want them to be able to see this through to its fullest extent.

To contact our networking team, please email engage@bullcitybotics.co. To make a donation, you may email me back for information about sending a check, or you can make a donation online at https://riverside-high-nc.ed.co/bull-city-botics-frc-team-6332.

The team made you all a video, and you can find it below and also at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR7HIaCR0XY.  I've also attached a few of my favorite photos from the season. I hope you enjoy! Again, thank you so much for making this possible!

Best regards,

Bailey Blankenship
Mentor, Bull City Botics Co.