Team Demographics / Overview
Number of Students: 40
Number of Females: 17
Number of Males: 23
Number of Freshman: 8
Number of Sophomore: 10
Number of Juniors: 14
Number of Seniors: 8
Percentage of Caucasian: 65%
Percentage of Minority 35%
Team members are the foundation of the Cassopolis RoboRangers. Without any student membership, having a team would be impossible. Every year we recruit new members and also have many members that return year after year and are more experienced. Every year we add many curious student from grades 9th through 12th, and are very diverse in gender and race with many different types of backgrounds and experiences. At times we have our difficulties mentally as a team, but also physically because we have many team members that are in various extra curricular activities such as FFA, sports, band, drama, etc. We manage to power through them and come together as one to build a fantastic well functioning robot. Even though our team is primarily male members we still have a lot of female members. Our robotics team is not viewed as a male oriented extracurricular, and is very inclusive to everyone . No one has more decision making power over the other. All student input is taken into consideration. One aspect of being a RoboRanger we are very proud of is this year we have been more aggressive applying for grants and looking for donations and sponsorships. We have a well organized team that is very outgoing and works hard to create a stable, well funded team.
Team Email: RoboRangers4325@gmail.com
Mentor name: Jessica Ayers
Title: Lead Mentor
Team meeting information
Location: Squires Elementary School
Address: 725 Center Street Cassopolis MI 49031
Dates: Monday - Friday 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Checks should be made payable to Cassopolis Schools-Robotics. Donations may be tax deductible, please contact the team for more information.
725 Center Street
Cassopolis MI 49031
RoboRangers Presentation Script
Introductions: Name / Class Year / Years in Robotics / Team Position
We are part of an international organization called FIRST Robotics. Goal of FIRST: to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, plus Business)
2016 Challenge: Stronghold was a medieval tower defense game in which robots on two teams called alliances had to score points by crossing the opposing teams defenses and/or shooting boulders into the opposing teams tower and possibly capturing it as well.
2017 Challenge: Steamworks - expand- Last year’s game the robot’s goal is to reach the baseline (in autonomous) , deliver gears to the “airship”, and score fuel into the boiler. The first fifteen seconds of the match the robots are programmed to act autonomously.
2018 Challenge: Power Up- This year’s game is a 8-bit retro video game style game where the robot’s goal is to get ownership of your teams switch before the opposing team can. Take ownership of the scale before they can. Then climb up.
Awards: FIRST: for inspiration and recognition in science and technology
Gracious Professionalism Award – for being professional and mentoring Edwardsburg and Dowagiac Robotics team in their first year. Cassopolis was the 1st in Cass County.
Engineering Inspiration Award – recognized how team inspired students to get excited about robotics – give examples
Team Spirit Award – for team spirit on and off the field – describe court: 6 teams competing at one time, 40 teams represented in the gym, fans in stands cheering.
Creativity Award – for our robots unique and efficient design.
We went to Worlds in St. Louis for the first time in our history.
Why is Robotics Important?
Sponsorships benefit our team and local businesses get advertising
Students learn valuable skills not taught in school
Inspires future education and career parts
Personal – explain
We’re self funded, not school funded!
Parts for robots
Initial competition registration is $5,000
Food, travel, and hotel rooms for the drive team in far-away competitions
2017-2018 budget- $18,000
9. Sponsorship Levels:
Honorary RoboRanger - $3000, your logo on everything
Platinum - $1500, logo in website, t-shirts, banner, and robot
Gold - $1000, logo on website, t-shirts, banner
Silver - $500, logo on website, small logo on t-shirts and banner
Bronze - $100 website and company name on t-shirts
We accept donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations and all is APPRECIATED.
Cassopolis Public Schools
Cassopolis, MI 49031
As of January 26, 2017
School year 2018
Donations $ 75.00
MDE Grant (pending) $2500.00
Membership dues $ 370.00
Total Income $8414.00
FIRST Entry Fee $5000.00
Components (parts) $3200.00
State Competition Fee $5000.00
St. Louis Comp. Fee $5000.00
Transportation $ 1253.00
Food $ 640.00
Team Merchandise $ 800.00
Total Projected Expenses $21463.65
Profit / (Loss) ($13049.65)
Levels of Sponsorship
$3,000 - Guarantees your logo on the website, big logo on our ` t-shirts,banner,robot, and small banner in our pit during competitions!
$1,500 - Guarantees your logo on our website, big logo on our t-shirts, banner, and our robot!
$1,000 - Guarantees your logo on our website, big logo on our t-shirts, and our banner!
$500 - Guarantees your logo on our website, small logo on our t-shirts and banner!
$100 -Guarantees your logo on our website and company name on our t-shirt!
RoboRanger Sponsors 2018
Admat Manufacturing Inc.
Haslett & Gaynor, P.C.
ICM Products, Inc.
RC Fun Park, LLC
G. Thomas Yarger
Leonard or Sylvia Kanczuzewski
Harry and Bonnie Staffer
Adam W. Hover
G.W. Jones Exchange Bank
Loux and Hayden Reality
Stephenson Land Surveying
Cass Outdoor Power Equipment
Welch Packaging Group, Inc
North Star Landscape
Wagner Family Funerals
Snyder’s Pool and Spa Stores
Diamond Lake Marine
Kurt’s Traveling Trees, Kurt Westrate
Ed Lowe Foundation
Damage Control Custom Welding
NAME BUS/BUILD HOMETOWN YEARS
Jess Ayers Leader Cassopolis 5
Fritz Kucklick Leader Cassopolis 6
Chris Bergen Build Vandalia 6
Jim Smith Build Cassopolis 5
Tim Green Build Cassopolis 4
Ron Goodger Build Cassopolis 2
Kristine Bosler Business Cassopolis 5
John Fox Build Cassopolis 2
Jim Ward Business Cassopolis 4
Reid Francis Business Cassopolis 2
Janet Francis Business Cassopolis 1
Joanne Cogdell Build Cassopolis 2
The Cassopolis RoboRangers exist to inspire high school students in science, technology, engineering, math, business, and leadership by participating in FIRST Robotics Competition. The Cassopolis RoboRangers are a team of students, coaches, parents, and mentors who value student development and community outreach. We are united in preparing students for the future through excellence, technology, and gracious professionalism.
Team and Program Summary:
FIRST Robotics Team 4325 was created by Ross Beatty High School English teacher Julie Herwick and Math teacher Paul Chapman. Mrs. Herwick discovered the FIRST program and brought the idea up to Mr. Chapman. From there they presented their idea to the Board of Education and shortly after that we were granted permission to have have our very first robotics team and program in Cassopolis history. On October 11, 2011 the RoboRangers were born. That team started with 15 students and four mentors and began competition in 2012.
Today our 2018 RoboRangers team consist of 40 devoted members and 9 outstanding mentors. Our mentors are devoted and amazing with their dedication to help the students and program be successful. A majority of our mentors work on the floor with the build team. Cassopolis has six engineers, one construction worker, two teachers, and one retired businessman. Our team is well set in expertise, but the devotion of the 36 members who come every day to learn, innovate, and attack the challenge of building this robot is what this is all about.
This past year marks the first time we have had a Junior High team. They are called Rangears. They are part of the First Tech Challenge. Having a junior high team will help the high school team because they would be experienced freshman when they move up. It will have a great impact on the team.
Team Impact / Outreach
Our community is a huge part of the RoboRangers team from top to bottom of this program. Even though we are a small, economically disadvantaged community, both individuals and businesses come together with support in any way that they can. Without their tremendous effort, we would not be the highly talented, experienced, strong team we are today.
The 2018 RoboRangers follow the principles of Excellence, Technology, and Gracious Professionalism. We are past winner of the Gracious Professionalism award. Our young team has trained twelve members to do effective community presentations. They have made presentations to local businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, the County Board of Commissioners, the Cass County Sheriff's Department, VFW, Dowagiac Rotary, and many more. We give back to our community in an phenomenal way. We give our kids a chance to be a part of a hands-on robotics team that challenges them and their minds. We offer students the opportunity to be on the build team that designs, constructs, and tests the competition robot. Our business team deals with business plans, merchandising, finances, and marketing. When we deliver our presentations our community has a natural desire to support the team with sponsorships and in-kind donations. Mentors volunteer their time and knowledge to see the RoboRangers revolution succeed.
Mentor roles/Roles description
Assists with team marketing and creating a team business plan
Organize the team travel to regional events outside of the local area
Assist with the design of the robot and teach the students how to create basic prototypes
Assist the Marketing and Award Sub-Teams with team award submissions
Show students how to wire, organize an electrical board, and update and check the robot
Help students manage team funds and assist with fundraising
Create banners,logos, team handouts,and T-shirts for competitions
Work student to program robot for competitions
Work with team to pick a strategy, design a robot, and manage robot creation
Help students build a robot
Work with students to set up and manage social media sites
Teach students how to build and manage a website
Work with students to set time and performance goals to meet deadlines, etc.
The RoboRangers start meeting officially in September and recruit members of all ages 9th through 12th grade. Within a couple of meetings they decide if they want to become a RoboRanger or not. Once their choice is made we begin training and certifying our team members in all the tools and equipment. On January 6th the entire team meets with the mentors at our shop to watch the release of the game. We break into three groups to review the game strategies and the build design of the robot. The following Monday we meet as one large group and each group presented their findings.
Since January 6th the build and business teams meet daily Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 9 to noon or later.
Future Team Plans
For four of our first six years the Cassopolis RoboRangers team has viewed the program as a six month effort starting in October and ending with our last competition approximately April 1st. Looking forward, with five years of experience, our plan is to make robotics a yearlong program keeping students and community engaged throughout the year, not just when the RoboRangers are competing.
Future plans include the following:
Participation in Cass County community events, such as the Cass County Fair, Cassopolis Fall Festival, Winter festivals, etc.
Presentation to local business, governmental boards, and civic organizations throughout the year
Public Service Announcement in local daily and weekly newspapers promoting community awareness.
Continuous updates of RoboRangers website and Facebook reflecting current activities and support.
Yearlong contact with local donors and sponsors with emphasis and sustainability of their contributions.
Why is Robotics unique to us?
We are a unique team in many ways, including our diversity of race, gender, and economic status. But we have become a cohesive family that readily accepts challenges outside our comfort zone, and we strive to make them comfortable for us. We take every challenge that comes our way as one robot, one person, one family together.