Lockport Township High School East | Lockport PorterBots

Lockport PorterBots

Lockport PorterBots

$850 raised since Sep 29, 2015

<p class="MsoNormal">There’s 10 seconds left on the clock. Your team is down by&nbsp;two points. You pick up the ball, turn, and head for the basket.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Five seconds to go. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">A defender charges at you from the left. The crowd is on&nbsp;their feet, screaming. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Two seconds to go. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">You shoot; the ball floats towards the basket as time runs&nbsp;out.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Imagine the scene as the ball begins to roll around the rim&nbsp;of the basket. Can you picture it? Can you feel the excitement and adrenaline&nbsp;pumping through your body? <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Though the excitement and adrenaline are real, what you just&nbsp;envisioned is not the scene from a high school basketball game. It’s from a regional&nbsp;competition at the UIC Pavilion. And it wasn’t you squaring up to shoot that&nbsp;basket – but the 140lb robot you and your team spent the last six weeks&nbsp;building. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">That’s right. A robot. Designed and built by students right&nbsp;here at Lockport Township High School. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) has been providing high&nbsp;school students with a real world science and engineering experience for more&nbsp;than 20 years. Each January, a new challenge is provided to FRC teams. Along&nbsp;with the challenge, teams are provided a common kit of parts from which to design&nbsp;and build a robot that can complete the challenge in a competitive environment.&nbsp;The build is grueling, with teams putting in more than 1000 hours of effort to&nbsp;get their robot running before the stop build date. The season culminates in a&nbsp;Regional tournament with a NBA Playoff type atmosphere.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Want to know a secret? This isn’t really about robotics –&nbsp;it’s about building confidence, character, and teamwork. Kids learn the value&nbsp;of self-starting, problem solving, and time management. They get the&nbsp;opportunity to create things with their hands. This is a program for everyone –&nbsp;involving kids interested in art, marketing, business, construction, and&nbsp;technology.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Our mission is to inspire young people to pursue careers in&nbsp;technology and engineering fields. And this isn’t limited to the students on&nbsp;this team. Each year we participate in community events to inspire others. We&nbsp;also work with grade school in our area to try and build similar after school&nbsp;programs. Our first success is starting an after school club this fall!<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Your donation ensures we are able to provide this program each year, allowing these students to continue inspiring others while developing&nbsp;important life skills – skills employers look for when hiring to fill open&nbsp;positions. We work year round to secure grant funding and volunteer mentors, but there are always gaps.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">We welcome the opportunity to earn your support. Please&nbsp;contact us&nbsp;<span style="letter-spacing: 0.266667px; line-height: 18.4px; display: inline !important;">at <a href="mailto:porterbots@gmail.com" target="_blank">porterbots@gmail.com</a>&nbsp;</span><span style="display: inline !important;">if you would like more information about our program, or are willing&nbsp;to help in any way.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;<br />line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;<br />mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:<br />minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;<br />letter-spacing:.2pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;<br />mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/PorterBots4292" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/PorterBots4292</a></span></p>

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- Nov 1

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- Jan 10

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