Protocol X Robotics Team - Houston Competition

Protocol X Robotics Team - First Year Houston Competition.  All team members are not showing in this photo.  Current team members (listed in no specific order) along with their respective parent contact are:

1. Shivam Patel/ Vinod Patel

2. Prajwal Vedula/ Aparna Sikha 

3. Vivia Lung/ Chiung Lung

4. Ashwin Mudaliar/ Mrs. Mudaliar

5. Kevin Samraj/ Ben Samraj

6. Josh Samraj/ Ben Samraj  

7. Calvin Hur/ Esther Shin

8. Sarayu Reddy/ Madhu Reddy

9. Trevor O'Connell/ Monica O'Connell

10. Vihan Karnala/ Usha Pattem

11. Yush Balaji/ Subramuniam Balaji 

12. Sunny Patel/ Mr. and Mrs. Patel

13. Elijah Hopper/ Ron Hopper

14. Lily Garcia/ Kristina Garcia

Fourteen students (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) living in your community have a vision that goes beyond the ordinary.  They come together from various schools and they believe they can make a difference, now and in the future. 

Commitment - These students are committed to S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) fundamentals and are passionate about spreading the benefits of this program to future generations of innovators and leaders. As a part of this commitment, they mentor multiple youth groups within the community with the goal of broadening interest and participation in S.T.E.A.M.  They strive to educate and create the next generation of the global workforce.  By implementing the principles of S.T.E.A.M., they hope to develop skills in students that will eventually be used to solve world issues.  They not only mentor, they apply their knowledge and skills to their passion of designing and building robots.   

As a team they participate in a multitude of competitions around the state as well as nationally.  In their Rookie year the team made it to the annual World Championship competition in Houston, Texas.  Their main competition is called FRC (“FIRST” Robotics Competition) which is the highest level (competition wise) in “FIRST”.  As an FRC team, they build robots annually to compete in this Competition. The competition consists of an approximate six week build season in which they are tasked with designing, building, and programming a 120-pound robot which must conform to FRC rules and competition guidelines.

Last year, in their first year, they advanced the limits of their creativity by introducing new, innovative, industrial designs into their competition. They not only improved upon and executed a drivetrain that most teams take years to design and build, they also introduced it into Georgia's FRC for the first time ever. Their design involved using brushless motors with each wheel turning independently of the others to create omnidirectional movement. This is just one example of the innovations they have made in their short time as a team.

Funding through Protocol X Robotics - They have many plans and they have the vision and tenacity to complete additional innovative products and features in the future.  However, in order to produce these products and features, specialized materials and supplies as well as funding is required so that they may to continue their mission and complete their goals.  It is for this reason they formed, through their own innovation and efforts, "Protocol X Robotics", a non-profit organization – http://protocolxrobotics.org. 

Protocol X Robotics provides an educational environment that develops leadership skills, promotes innovation and creativity, and enhances both technical and non-technical skills.  Their past and current sponsors include Coke, Google, Nasa, McKesson and Mammoth Car Wash.  Please visit their site to learn more.  

They need our help.  Since this team is an independent, student-run team, they lose many of the benefits to which a regular school-associated team might have access. These benefits include items such as funding, dedicated build space, tools, materials and other crucial needs.

The team is now preparing for their next competitions which are in March and April of 2020.  In order for them to complete their robot(s) and pay for supplies, space and events such as the annual FRC World Championship, located in Houston, Texas, they desperately need resources. 

Funding is crucial but equally important is their need for build space. The build necessitates a temperature-controlled space with a bathroom (approx. 800 s/f) where they can maintain their tools, equipment and robot(s) without having to move during the build and post-competition modification processes.  The space is needed from January 2020 through April 2020.  Parents are willing to take responsibility for the space and sign agreements of assurance for anyone willing to donate or help.  The students can pay, but even with their sponsors, their budget is very limited which makes typical rental rates prohibitive. 

Their hope is that the community, if made aware of their accomplishments, efforts, and needs, will have a willingness to sponsor or donate space and/or funds.  With enough support from the community these students will be able to realize their vision for furthering the efforts of S.T.E.A.M., and will be able to reach their goal for a completed build, robot transport and their travel to the 2020 competitions in Houston. 

Corporate and Business Sponsorships - To learn more about "Protocol X Robotics” and their Sponsorship Programs, please visit our website at http://www.protocolxrobotics.org.   

Private Donations:  Private donations of any amount are appreciated and an important part of enabling these students to reach their goals.  Your support, no matter the amount, is welcome.

 

Private donations may be mailed to:

              GRA-Protocol X Robotics

1000 Reece Road

Alpharetta, Georgia 30004

 

Please direct questions regarding this program and “Protocol X Robotics” to Ms. Aparna Sikha, Mentor via e-mail at appsved@yahoo.com

                       “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” -  

Benjamin Franklin

 

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