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£1,135raised of £13,000 target by 43 supporters

Weʼre raising £13,000 to "From Sheffield, to the World Stage". Can you help us get there?

Olympic Legacy Park, Sheffield

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From Sheffield, to the World Stage. Can you help us get there?

Who are we?

We are Annija, Ben, Cerys, Christian, Declan, and Dominic: a group of year 13 students specialising in Computing at UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. Together we make up robotics team: Thomas and Friends.

What are we doing?

In March, we travelled to Telford International Centre for the Guinness World Record Breaking VEX Robotics Competition, where we became Divisional Champions over 120 other teams with a robot we designed, built and programmed ourselves. As a result, we have won a qualifying place to represent the UK in the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championships this April, in Louisville, Kentucky.

How can you help us?

We need to raise a total of £13,000 which will fund the trip and enable us to represent the UK, which is an amazing achievement. We’re looking for donations, along with support for our fundraising, to help us get there and enable us to compete. We are also looking for sponsorship from businesses.

You will also be able to follow the competition on social media whilst we’re out there, and it will be publicised widely by the event organisers.

Should the goal not be reached, the money raised would go towards funding other projects in the UTC.

What will it mean to us?

‘Attending the UK nationals was such an amazing experience, it taught me so much about teamwork and how to interact with other people to develop a strategy. The prospect of competing at an international level is unbelievable and I can’t wait to be surrounded by so many other talented people.’

‘It is an incredibly proud moment for me and my team finally winning at nationals after 2 years of hard work. The opportunity of being able to go to worlds with my teammates but more importantly friends will be a trip of a lifetime and will allow us to experience first-hand the fantastic camaraderie and creativity of other budding engineers and computer scientists.’

‘There is never a boring day when it comes to robotics as you are always expanding your knowledge in multiple areas which you can take and apply to other situations. You learn to think outside the box which will be a beneficial skill at the World's VEX competition when facing other top teams that have come together. But at the end of the day, our team also understands that this is more than about winning, it's about bringing people with different skills closer.’

‘Competing and winning at the UK nationals was such an inspiring experience, to be surrounded by STEM professionals and other young people all excelling in engineering and programming proved that it’s not an exclusive industry and it was a privilege to be involved at a national level. The idea of getting to compete internationally is truly mind blowing and I can’t wait to see such a high level of talent.’

Thank you in advance for your support and for helping make this dream a reality.

Thomas and Friends

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    • Anonymous


      Mar 17, 2019

      Good luck to you all


    • Martyn Eggleton

      Martyn Eggleton

      Mar 16, 2019

      We are so proud of 'Thomas and Friends' :)


    • Anonymous


      Mar 15, 2019


    • Lee Moore

      Lee Moore

      Mar 15, 2019

      Well done!


    • Anonymous


      Mar 14, 2019

      Congratulations to 'From Sheffield to the World Stage' and good luck. The country needs your innovation.

    • Christian Marriott

      Christian Marriott

      Mar 14, 2019


    • Anonymous


      Mar 14, 2019

      Well done UTC, good luck in America


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