Sunday, April 14, 2024

Fundraiser launched to help Reynolds High School’s robotics team get to world championships


The Reynolds Reybots are Reynolds High School’s robotics team who recently won the BC FIRST Tech Challenge Provincials and now have the opportunity to represent BC and Canada on a national level.

Because the team came in first out of 41 teams in BC, the next round of competition for them is the World Championships that would take the Reybots to Houston, Texas later this year.

To help the team get to Texas, a GoFundMe page has been started to help take the burden of paying for the trip off the school and the families,” wrote Tania Baumfield, who started the fundraiser. 

“We qualified for this event last year and it was an amazing experience for our team.”

In last year’s event which the Reynolds High School Team attended, the students created alliances with other schools from around the world, including Brazil, Taiwan, Mexico and Libya.

The Reybots have already won a couple accolades this year for their hard work, including being the runners up for a province-wide design award, they were given a local robot design award and they also were given a provincial award recognizing their robot’s programming and use of sensors and software. 

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On top of the awards they’ve won, so far this year, the Reybots have gone undefeated with an 18-0 record, they hold the record across both BC and Yukon for highest score, they have the 29th highest score across the world for driver operated points and throughout the whole world, they are currently ranked 155 of the 6125 teams. 

“Attending the World Championships is an amazing opportunity for our team who have worked so hard achieve our current success,” wrote Baumfield. 

“We are hoping to send 20 people on the trip. It is a valuable and potentially life changing experience. Students will meet and collaborate with teams from around the world.”

Just to cover airfare and accommodations, this trip will cost around $2,500 per student, which will be a barrier that many families may struggle with. 

“We would really like for everyone on our team to be able to share this experience,” Baumfield wrote.  

“Any amount that you can donate to support our team would be extremely helpful and we thank you for your consideration.”

(Reynolds Reybots/Facebook)

Baumfield asks that those who cannot donate themselves assist in sharing the fundraiser page with friends, family, colleagues and any businesses you think may like to support them.

“We are so proud of our team and our community and we look forward to representing Reynolds High School, Victoria, British Columbia and Canada at this international event.”

As of this publication, the fundraiser has garnered only $400 in donations of their $25,000 goal.

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