The RoboRams are self-supporting and depend on your generosity to continue our mission of inspiring young people to become science and technology leaders. Our yearly income is generated by our Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction, area business sponsors, and by grants that we apply for. Building robots is an expensive undertaking. The ticket we must purchase to enter our robot in the yearly FRC Regional Competition in St. Louis, Missouri costs $5000. In addition to this, we have to pay for hotel rooms for our team, food, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. On top of this, we still have to purchase electronics, materials, and specialty tools to build our robot. This adds up to a lot of money that the RoboRams must raise every year. This is a lot to ask of the RoboRams Team every year, but every year we manage to fund the team because of the generosity of you, our sponsors and supporters.
Our sponsors believe in the youth of Southern Illinois. The goal of the RoboRams is to create opportunities for students to participate in engineering based programs that would inspire them to follow careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.). We support local grade school teams, such as the Bethel Bionic Bulldogs, which are able to reach our community’s youth from an extremely young age. In appreciation of the local support, the RoboRams give back to our community by providing S.T.E.M. learning opportunities for elementary students and middle school students through guidance and mentoring of their school robotics clubs during the school year.
If you would like to donation and become a sponsor, please contact us to learn how.