Roaring Robotics Costs

How much does it costs to have a student on the team?

Fees

Fees? What fees? We do not have fees. As we are generously sponsored by Caterpillar we are able to avoid charging fees. However, there are other costs involved with having a student on our team (see below). Our intent is for our team to be accessible to all eligible students and their families.

Requested Donation

Although we do not charge fees, we are requesting a $200 donation per family for the 2022-2023 season. We currently pay rent for the use of our build space. We anticipate that the requested donations will go a long ways towards covering our rental costs. Of course, any donations are optional, especially for those families who are financially challenged.

Team Wear

We expect students to have appropriate team wear for competitions and events. A basic set of team wear is less than $150. We also provide discount codes so that those families who are financially challenged may still acquire a basic set of team wear. Families may purchase additional team wear and optional team wear items.

Competitions

We typically compete in two main season competitions which require overnight travel. We expect students to travel with their families (though families can foist their students off onto other families). We will obtain group reservations at local hotel which we encourage, but not require, team families to stay at. Hotel overnight costs are typically in the range of $100 - $130 per night. Most families stay overnight for two nights. Our intent is for each active student on our team to be able to attend at least one competition. If a family is financially challenged, we will see if something can be worked out so that all active students can attend at least one competition.

Our team typically also competes in a couple of single-day competitions. One of the competitions has set-up and practice during the evening beforehand for which some families to attend and stay overnight.

Meals

We ask each family to help provide a team meal a few times per year for our full-day meetings. In addition, we typically have 1 or 2 potlucks during the season. Typically, there are also food costs associated with most events which we participate in.

Support

Given that we are an all volunteer team, we do ask family adults to become an active part of our team in addition to their our students. Building full-size robots is a huge undertaking and our students need a lot of adult support. Check out our commitment page for more details.

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One of our students helps set up a meal provided by a team family.