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Ms. Nikolaidis from Orange NJ is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Student-led project

Help the robotics club get ready for competition

We need a mobile work bench so we can transport our robot to and from the competition floor, and have a space in the pit to work on our robot.

  • $594 goal

This project expired on February 1, 2018.

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About My Students

Some students just want to have fun... others know that to REALLY have fun, you have to work hard!

Our robotics club members are curious, passionate, and dedicated. Returning members Jethro, Nathanael, Kerlin, Oneil, Joy and Muhammad have been setting a positive example for new members Joseph, Jade, Jaiden, Cristobal, Franciso and Marvelous. The students have picked up the optimism, independence, and can-do attitude that makes a robotics team great and we have already accomplished many of our pre-season goals. Our team culture is improving every year and we are only going to get better!

Although the robotics team is continually improving, the students unfortunately don't have the same access to resources as many others as our school is a highest-poverty school where every student is eligible for free lunch and breakfast. The robotics program competes with many other school programs for funding and our budget is not what it used to be. With your help, we can work to overcome these obstacles and keep getting better.

Through FIRST robotics, students learn to be AUTONOMOUS, PROACTIVE problem solvers. Designing, building, testing, and maintaining a competitive robot is no easy task, especially with no instructions provided. Students learn to research solutions, read rules and regulations, work as a team, and take ownership of parts, tools and knowledge.

During competitions, students see firsthand how successful teams operate: they keep their work space ORGANIZED, assign ROLES to each individual on the team, FORESEE problems and PLAN to prevent them, and do the work RIGHT - because if it's not done right, it has to be done again!

In Their Own Words

Our goal that our team is trying to accomplish is to get a new mobile cabinet or rolling workbench. We need this to transport miscellaneous tools and items that might support us in the competition. Some specific items that we might carry around in it are drills, batteries, spare parts for the robot, game pieces, etc. In addition, we use this workbench to have a space to work on our robot in the pit between matches, and to transport our robot to and from the competition field.

In robotics club, we teach each other how to use tools and how to build certain things. For one, during the start of our robotics club, we had to build a wooden stand that could hold a whiteboard. We each taught each other about how to use certain tools, how to balance the stand, and any mathematics that were needed to build our stand.

By donating to us for a new mobile cabinet, we could better enforce people into organizing and putting certain tools into the right places. If someone had accidentally put a drill in the wrong storage box, we could be in jeopardy by constantly searching for that one tool. However, if we are prepared with the right tools, we can be organized and efficient. It is important for us to come to prepared to competition with the right tools so we thank you for taking time to read this and we hope you will help our cause.

Ms. Nikolaidis
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 12 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TK13297300T 24 x 36 x 36-38 Gray Mobile Service Bench 1200 lb. Load Capacity • Grainger $425.92 1 $425.92

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