Funding Needed to Send Utah Robotics Teams to World Championship

April 5th, 2017

Dear Friends of FIRST Utah Robotics,

Thank you for helping us to make this year the best yet for FIRST Utah Robotics teams.  I am happy to report that more FIRST Utah teams qualified for World Championships in Houston April 19-22, than ever in our history.  The list of teams is included below, including 5 FIRST Robotics Competition teams (grades 9-12), 2 FIRST Tech Challenge teams (7-12th grade), and 2 FIRST Lego League teams (4th-8th grades), with the possibility of one more FIRST Lego League team qualifying.

World Championships is a fantastic experience for teams as they travel and compete against and meet other great STEM-inspired students from all over the United States and many parts of the world.

Three of our high school teams just qualified this past Saturday at the Idaho Regional.  What this means is that these teams are scrambling to find sufficient funding to travel and compete in Houston.

I am writing to ask you for your assistance in helping us find the financial resources required for our Utah teams to make it to Houston.  We need to raise $20,000 in 10 days, which is why we need your help.  The teams are happy to meet and talk with potential sponsors or donors; we just need to help them find people willing to help support them in their effort to compete in Houston.

I welcome any suggestions or leads you may have.  Thank you for your continued support and interest in building Utah’s future STEM workforce and entrepreneurs.


Marlo M. Oaks, Chair

If you are interested in contributing please contact Marlo M. Oaks at

Learn more about FIRST Utah Robotics

Team Details:

Team 6411 The Jordan High Gravediggers from Jordan High School in Sandy is a Rookie All-Star team from the Utah Regional and Utah Regional Winners.

Team 3006 Red Rock Robotics from Salt Lake City West High School is a Regional Winner for Idaho Regional.

Team 3245 the Ravens from Waterford School in Sandy earned a wild card spot as Regional Finalist team member in Idaho

Team 3239 Birds of Prey from NUAMES in Layton earned a wild card spot as Regional Finalist team member in Idaho

Team 6546 Naatsis’áán Robotics from Navajo Mountain High School Highest Rookie Seed and Rookie All-Stars at the Idaho Regional.

-two FIRST Tech Challenge Teams (7-12th grade) competing in Houston at the World Championship.  The Robominers from Park City and The Prestidigitators from St. George.  This is the first time Utah FTC teams have made it to this level.

-two FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams (4-8th) competing in Houston.  Beehive Robotics from Sandy and  Firebots from Cedar City.

-two FTC students going for Dean’s List awards (top all around students from each state).  One from SLC and one from Park City.

-Possibility of one more FLL team going if they win a Global Innovation Award (for really cool and useful designs).  We should know mid-April.

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