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wsh_logo_best_hartdistrictFor the first time in a decade, the student-led, mentor-guided William S. Hart District FRC Robotics Competition Team “Project 691” is eligible to go to the FRC World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 22-25.

“We know that our robot is competition-ready,” states President Tyler Arrowsmith, a West Ranch High School senior. “And our team members are pumped to go. We’re looking forward to the experience.”team691_3

In order to compete well in tournament, Project 691 would need to bring about ten team members to the competition, accompanied by their parents. The team needs to travel halfway across the continent, to pay for housing near the competition venue for nearly a week, and to transport both their 2015 competing robot and machines/supplies to and from the tournament.

Project 691 has started a GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/691champstrip for financial donations.

“We know that a trip to St. Louis will be a huge financial burden on our team families.” says Vice President of Business and Marketing Janny Zhang, an Academy of the Canyons senior. “That’s why we’re raising money to help support as many of them as possible to take part in the culmination of over three months of their hard work and sleepless nights.

“We would tremendously appreciate any and all support you could offer us. Thank you.”

About Project 691 Robotics
team691_2The William S. Hart High School District FRC Robotics Competition Team “Project 691” offers a hands-on technical and life experience for young future engineers and entrepreneurs in a student-led, mentor-guided team environment. Ever since it was founded in 2000, the program has emphasized teamwork, self-confidence, gracious professionalism, and leadership. Through an annual six-week-long robot build season in the spring and off-season projects varying from technical workshops, field trips to industry sponsors, and community demonstrations, we encourage individual diversity, combined creativity, and positive achievements, not only in our program but in our community. Many of Project 691’s team alumni have been accepted to engineering colleges such as Arizona State University, Cal Poly SLO, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, UCLA, UC Berkeley, CalTech, and more. For more information, visit http://team691.org . For team updates, follow Project 691 at facebook.com/team691 .

About the FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition)
“The varsity Sport for the MindTM, FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.”
For more information, visit http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc

About FIRST
FIRST is a non-profit organization founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” in K-12 students. It supports over 38,700 teams all around the world. For more information, please visit us.first.org

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