When you offer financial support to KnightKrawler Robotics, you are not just supporting 40-50 high school students who like to play with robots. You are helping to create the next generation of engineers, software developers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs.
Your contributions are tax deductible. KnightKrawler Robotics has been a 501c3 charity since 2009. We operate as a booster club to manage the FRC Robotics Team for Irondale High School.
It likely comes as no surprise, but schools today lack the funding to fully finance most after-school activities. In fact, less than 10% of our budget comes from Irondale High School. Most of our funding comes from sponsors like you, as well as students' activity and travel fees (donations). How much does it cost to run KnightKrawler? Our required annual budget is usually between $50,000 and $75,000, depending on team size and if we qualify for the championship tournament in Houston, Texas (we have the past eight years). All coaches and mentors participate on a purely volunteer basis. The high school provides a paid Team Advisor.
How do we spend your sponsorship dollars?
In total, supporting KnightKrawler isn’t just about supporting 50 students in a single high school. We work to introduce robotics to hundreds, perhaps thousands of kids each year. Your money helps to fund an introduction to kids who would never consider a future in technology before seeing high school students who could build robots.
Our team strives for great diversity. We know that many companies like to promote inclusion in the initiatives they support. Some of our past and present members have described robotics as “a place where I fit.” High school can be a difficult place for many kids, and we pride ourselves on making robotics a place where everyone is welcome. We would love to have you come to one of our meetings and see for yourself how well we meet our goals of inclusion. This year we have 48 registered students.
KnightKrawler Robotics is not an elite program for rich kids, as some might think. Not all our students have the financial means to participate in after-school activities. That is why KnightKrawler does not charge any fees for students on free or reduced lunch. Travel fees for all students are optional to all competitions in the midwest and financial travel assistance is available for travel to World Championships in Houston, Texas this year. We uses sponsorship dollars every year to cover the travel fees for those who can’t afford to pay the full activity fee or travel costs. We don’t want anyone to miss out on the benefits of robotics for financial reasons.
We would love to know who you are and how you are interested in supporting KnightKrawler so we can find the best way to put your generosity toward building the next generation of professionals. Let's work together to build the future.
In addition to all benefits available at Duke, Baron, and Knight levels, King sponsors will receive:
In addition to all benefits available at Baron and Knight levels, Duke sponsors will receive:
In addition to all benefits available at Knight level, Baron sponsors will receive:
Knight sponsors will receive:
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PO Box 120905
Saint Paul, MN 55112
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