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06-15-2001, 05:13 PM
Hey everyone...

My name's Jordan. I'm from Team 166, Merrimack High School. Our school Activities Director is attempting to get our team more school support and would like information on budgets and costs.

If anyone has the following information for your team, can you get back to me (please include your team number/name). Thanks a bunch.

What we need:
Amount donated by major sponsors
Amount donated by minor sponsors
Amount funded by school
Cost to students
Total operating budget for team

Also, the number of engineers working with you, and the number of advisors, etc. If your advisors are teachers... do they get a stipend?

Thanks again!

--Jordan McNerney
Captain, Team 166

Anne Lam
06-15-2001, 09:19 PM
What we need:
Amount donated by major sponsors
Amount donated by minor sponsors
Amount funded by school
Cost to students
Total operating budget for team

I am not too sure of the exact figures, but I know that we only had about $15,000 to play with; That was all the money we had to build the robot, to buy parts, and to buy anything else that we needed. To lower the cost of the trip (money to pay for hotel rooms, food, plane tickets) we had to do A LOT of fundrasing.

As for the second part of the question, we have two electrical engineers (with mechanical engineering backgrounds), one computer engineer, one machinist, and many many adult mentors. What is a stipend? I guess if you are talking about compensations, well all I have to say is they do it for the love of it.

P.S. I hope this helps you. :)

Jessica Boucher
06-16-2001, 10:57 AM
We had a $53,000 budget to work with...$13,000 comes from team fundraisers all year. The rest is us soliciting to organizations & companies....MANY organizations & companies...have you ever seen the back of our t-shirts?

The kids have to raise/pay for ~$600 each for Nationals...we keep records of everything that has been fundraised, so you always know how much you owe. If a student pulls in a corporate sponsorship by themselves (like this year I pulled a $500), that money gets put to them.

Our school gives us nothing financially. They used to pay for our postage, but they dont even do that anymore.

06-16-2001, 11:27 AM
Originally posted by Jordan
What we need:
Amount donated by major sponsors
$5000 from Cornell University
Amount donated by minor sponsors
about $500 from various local companies
Amount funded by school
about $5000 from school district
Cost to students
about $120 each for the NYC regional
Total operating budget for team
about $11000

Fortunately, we are on pace to at least double this amount for our budget next year .


A. Leese
06-16-2001, 02:22 PM
Originally posted by Jordan

Amount donated by major sponsors
Amount donated by minor sponsors
Amount funded by school
Cost to students
Total operating budget for team

1. Pratt gave us, I believe $8,000 this year
2. misc minor sponsors (about 20 on the list I last saw) donated about $12,000
3. None, as far as I know..but they did donate a building for us to use to make our bot
4. no cost to students..only those who aren't involved throughout the year..wait, $50 deposit..I forgot about that
5. last time I hear it was $26,800..may be wrong
(all additional funds was via fundraising)

We have 4 engineers from Pratt and I believe 5 from Perry Techonologies who used to work for Pratt or who got rangled in to help out with the team by those who used to work at Pratt.

As per the question as to wether our advisors who are teachers get any compensation..one of our teachers (who works at the other school in our county) gets some sort of a supplement b/c robotics is considered a club. My father helps out with things related to the team at my school (paperwork, mainly) but gets nothing b/c he's not labeled as the main sponsor of the club and the club is run through the other school in our county, anyway.

I probably should check with one of the adults from our team for the latest numbers, but I believe these are fairly accurate. Be sure to take into account the fact that our transportation costs are very low, considering the one regional we go to as well as Nationals are within three hours of us by car.


mike o'leary
06-16-2001, 07:04 PM
the rambots didnt have much luck soliciting large corporate sponcorship...one parent who kind of ran the sponcor-seeking part of our team had some theory about how the fiscal year and detiorating economy made companies reluctant to sponcor us...im not sure if i said it right though, i didnt really understand it

David Kelly
06-16-2001, 07:42 PM
Rolls- Royce= $10,000 & engineers
NEC Computers= $5000 & $4000 laptop and any necessary computer equip.
Peregrine Systems= $2500
Minor sponsors about $3000 combined
Each student had to pay about $450-500

We spent about $35,000 so the rest was raised thorough grants and the students share.

Andrew Dahl
06-19-2001, 08:15 AM
corporate sponsorship:

PMW: 6000 (Parts and materials)
ARC: 3500 (plus engineers)
Litton: 1500 (plus engineers)

other sponsors:
VBEP 5000 (used for entry fee)

school: 2000 (shirts plaques for sponsors- shipping)

teacher cont (ok mine) 1000 misc parts over summer training

students none (but may change )

team 497


Joe Lambie
06-26-2001, 11:16 PM
Our team had a budget somewhere around 40-50 grand. Most of that came from our generous school district and the rest came from students in the from of 250 dollars per person which included both regionals and nationals. I know we also have at least a couple thousand in donated materials also from various companies in our area which helps us out a lot. Hoppefully we find even more sponsors to join us and i bid good luck to you in finding sponsors.

06-27-2001, 01:19 PM
Amount donated by major sponsors
Amount donated by minor sponsors
Amount funded by school
Cost to students
Total operating budget for team

1: Since NUWC is a federal agency, they can't give us any money. What they do donate though are some of the best engineers in the country. Total value: Priceless.

2: I'm not quite sure what the total money amount is from the minor sponsors. I'll have to check up on that.

3: School pays for the entrance fees. Total Value: $9,000.

4: I believe we payed $200 each. Times 25 students gives us a total value of $5,000.

5: Uh, what's a budget? It takes about $30,000 to run 121, and we don't have a budget whatsoever.