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July 6, 2010 > Homeless robot needs your help

Homeless robot needs your help

Submitted By Anita Alem and Angie Wang
Photos By Steven Wong, poster by Raymond Zhong

Greetings from Team 2489, the Insomniacs! We are a FIRST Robotics team, and (naturally) we participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST is a non-profit organization that works to educate its teams and students with the values of engineering and business. FIRST founder Dean Kamen says, "Our mission 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, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership."

FRC Team 2489 is a unique team because we are mainly student-run. We were founded in 2008 with a few members, and have now grown to become a team with 25 members from five FUSD high schools, with a boy-girl ratio at about 50-50. Some of our sponsors include NASA, Google, and Abbott Diabetes Care. All of our team's alumni have moved on to four-year colleges, and often visit us to give us advice and help us along. Our head mentor, Mark Edelman, believes in letting us explore the world of engineering, rather than having someone else do it for us.

We have been working and meeting in garages, but unfortunately, the member whose garage we used is moving away, so it is no longer available. As a FIRST Robotics team, we need to acquire at least $15,000 every year to register for competitions. In addition, we need to cover tool replacement, parts for the robot, publicity, and team spirit costs. Due to so many necessities, we cannot afford to rent a long-term workspace.

We would greatly appreciate workspace or meeting space, and it would be best if our workspace was in a radius of about ten miles from central Fremont, as we need access to it every day during our six-week build season. Safety is a priority for us since we use power tools so often, so we will be sure to keep the workspace very neat and manageable. We are also in need of storage space for our extra parts and old robots. Storage spaces don't need to be very large, only about 4 ft. by 4 ft.

If you have a work, meeting, or storage space that we can use, please contact Mark Edelman at or (510) 517-8825. Our team realizes that this is a very generous commitment, and we are very grateful for any space available. Thank you!

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