The Suffern High School robotics team has qualified to compete in the Excelsior Regional Championship Competition! This is a testament to the student’s abilities and efforts.  We are writing to invite you to help us send the students and their robots to represent New York’s Rockland County at this very prestigious competition comprised of over 30 teams from throughout the state.

The mission of the FIRST program is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills.  These skills inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.  More information about the FIRST program is available at their website:

This year’s FTC Tech Challenge theme is “Skystone”, which requires the students to design and program a robot that will construct a tower out of stones. The goal of this challenge is to earn more points than the opposing team. There are two periods of this challenge: Autonomous and Driver Controlled. Teams can earn points by placing stones on the foundation, carry stones from the material zone to the build zone, performing autonomous tasks, and navigating into specific parts of the field.  Our teams work diligently to create simple and effective solutions that will allow us to succeed. To help us afford our ambitions, you can donate to our cause. We graciously accept your help and would greatly appreciate it!

The regular operations of the Suffern Robotics team are covered by the Suffern Central School district. However, the cost of trips is not covered in our budget.  Your donations will help ensure that students can focus on the challenges, as opposed to worrying about how they will get there.

Donations may be made to the “Suffern Syborgs Robotics Team” and sent to Coach Ariel Sanzo, Suffern High School, 49 Viola Rd., Suffern, NY 10901, through our website, or through our GoFundMe here.

We are also interested in developing long-term relationships with area engineers, scientists, and other business and community leaders.  If you are interested in learning how you can be involved as a mentor or volunteer, please let us know as we welcome the opportunity of growing our family.

We are very proud of the enthusiasm and dedication showed by these students.  We thank you in advance for your support and for helping our students and robots represent New York’s Hudson Valley! We are an approved 501(c)(3) Non-profit Organization and your donations are tax deductible learn more here.

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