Elm City Robo Squad
Hill Regional Career High School
140 Legion Avenue
New Haven CT 06519-5507
Contact Information
Address Hill Regional Career High School
140 Legion Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519-5507
Telephone (203) 693-1558 x
Fax 203-946-5949
E-mail elmcityrobosquad@gmail.com
Mission
Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in a diverse urban setting with a diverse student body where we create a culture of acceptance, pride, respect and excellence.
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Our project is to remodel and equip our robotics workroom, with furniture, storage, tools, and equipment, so that our mentor-based program fully engages our students in the design and fabrication of robots to teach the students science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills. Our goal is to raise $25,000 by August 31, 2018. Furthermore, our project is to support our robotics program for the 2017 competition season which includes purchasing materials and parts for our robots and competition related expenses.

A Great Opportunity Ending Date 31 2017
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2000
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair
Board Chair Company Affiliation
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission
Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in a diverse urban setting with a diverse student body where we create a culture of acceptance, pride, respect and excellence.
Background

Elm City Robo Squad began in 2000 as part of a physics class at Hill Regional Career High School, an inner city, Title I, New Haven high school. A few years later, we became an after school program using a basement workroom. In 2006, the team moved to a robotics room on the school’s main floor. Since 2001 we have participated in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics competitions where a team of about twenty-five students annually designs and builds a robot as part of a challenge. We began with only two engineers mentoring and now have nineteen mentors. In sixteen years, we have influenced the lives of more than 400 ethnically diverse high school students. In New Haven, where 25% of students don’t graduate, our students graduate and attend college and even receive scholarships.

Impact
Accomplishments:
1) Won FIRST New England Region Chairman's Award - 2015
2) Finalist - FIRST World Championship - 2016
3) CAS/CIAC Connecticut State Robotics Championship - Winners 2013, 2014, 2016.
4) Improved science technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for teens aged 13-18.
5) Added new programming language to robot design.
 
Goals:
1) Grow our STEM program to educate teens more and educate more teens.
2) Apply for new grants to sustain and grow the team and perform more fundraising.
3) Redesign and remodel our robotics workshop including adding a 3D Milling System.
4) Integrate CAD Design into our robotics program.
5) Inspire teen interest in STEM through hands-on experience. 
Needs
1) Raise more money from grants and corporate sponsors.
2) Robotics room workshop re-design, re-model and re-outfit: projected cost $25,000, so that we can implement CAD design and machining.
3) 500 square foot space to build a practice field for our robot so we can better prepare for competitions.   
4) Define team rules and organization and organize volunteer mentors to more efficiently run the team.
5) Better document our robotics design process so that we can be more competitive for FIRST robotics awards. 
CEO Statement

One of Elm City Robo Squad’s greatest attributes that sets us apart is our immense diversity. We are very fortunate to reside at Hill Regional Career High School, an inner city magnet school, in New Haven, Connecticut, as it provides us with students from various ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. Our student diversity translates to multiple perspectives and problem solving approaches to any challenge that our team faces. In addition to ethnic, religious and cultural diversity, we also have gender diversity, and are typically comprised of 50% or greater female student membership.

Another attribute that sets our team apart is our surprisingly prominent presence in the FIRST robotics community despite our team’s small size and limited resources. Even with a relatively small team of students, many of whom have other commitments and responsibilities, Elm City Robo Squad is able to hold numerous outreach and community activities annually. Elm City Robo Squad is committed to effectively using our resources to spread the values of FIRST. This commitment is exemplified by our FIRST Chairman’s Award wins in 2015 at the FIRST Rhode Island District event and the FIRST New England Regional Championship. The Chairman’s Award honored us for best representing a model for other teams to emulate and best embodying the purpose and goals of FIRST robotics and is the highest award given by FIRST.

Our small but prominent presence is also felt at competitions. As a veteran team, with sixteen years of experience, we engage our fellow teams. In addition to mentoring newer, and older teams, we hold presentations that feature our team’s strengths – technical and nontechnical – that are given at venues as large as New England FIRST University Day. Elm City Robo Squad also performs on-site learning sessions for teams that would like a more hands-on learning opportunity. While at competitions, our students can be seen buried deep in other teams’ pit areas offering assistance and parts, and learning about other teams’ features that could help us in the present season or the next. We are known as a team always ready to lend a hand and embodies the first ethos of Gracious Professionalism.

Related to our small size is another thing that sets Elm City Robo Squad apart from other teams, that is, we do a lot on a comparatively small budget. We estimate that we run on a smaller budget than most veteran FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams run on. Yet we manage to attend an amazing nine events a year: 4 off-season events, 3 FIRST District events, 1 Regional event and the FIRST World Championship. We build our robots with off-the-shelf components, keeping costs down and focusing on robust design. Would we like to have a bigger budget? Of course, but our demographics limit us. We reside at an inner-city, Title I school. We don’t charge membership. Parent participation is limited because of work schedules, transportation issues and language barriers. We don’t have the same number of volunteers that other teams have, especially non-engineering mentors. We do have a large number of dedicated engineering mentors, and therefore, we manage to put together an award winning robotics program.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Secondary & High Schools
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Science & Technology / Engineering & Technology
Areas Served
New Haven
Ansonia
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Madison
Milford
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other
Elm City Robo Squad serves the New Haven Magnet School system and draws students from the City of New Haven and surrounding cities and towns in the magnet school system including, but not limited to, Amity, Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Clinton, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, Naugatuck, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Stratford, Wallingford, West Haven, Wolcott and Woodbridge.
Programs
Description The Elm City Robo Squad robotics program is an after-school activity designed to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Our students design and build complex robots, learn business skills, win scholarships, and simply have a great time. The program is based at Hill Regional Career High School, a Title I school, and is open to inner-city high school students, young women and men in grades nine through twelve, in New Haven, Connecticut. Our primary robotics education is focused around the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotic Competition (FRC) program and we are FRC® veteran team number 558 established in 2000.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
AWARDS & STANDINGS:
 
2015 FIRST FRC RECYCLE RUSH ROBOTICS GAME:
FIRST Championship Carson Division Semifinalist
FIRST Championship Carson Division, Safety Star of the Day
FIRST New England Regional Chairman’s Award
FIRST Rhode Island District Chairman's Award
FIRST Waterbury District Finalist
FIRST Waterbury District Team Spirit Award
Where Is Wolcott Invitational, Best Design Award
2014 FIRST FRC AERIAL ASSIST ROBOTICS GAME:
FIRST Championship Galileo Division Semifinalist
FIRST New England Regional Finalist, 3rd Seed
FIRST New England Regional Judges Award
FIRST Harford District Winner, 1st Seed
FIRST Southington District Chairman's Award
FIRST Southington District Winner, 11th Seed
FIRST Southington District Industrial Safety Award
FIRST Groton District Industrial Safety Award
FIRST Groton District 12th Seed
CAS/CIAC Connecticut State Championship – Winner, 1st Seed
Where Is Wolcott Invitational, Finalist & Best Design Award
2013 FIRST FRC ULTIMATE ASCENT ROBOTICS GAME:
CAS/CIAC Connecticut State Championship – Winner, 1st Seed
FIRST WPI Regional Semifinalist, 4th Seed
FIRST WPI Regional Creativity Award
FIRST WPI Regional, Safety Star of the Day
Where Is Wolcott Invitational, Finalist
Program Comments
CEO Comments

Our strategic direction is to sustain and grow our robotics program and STEM education, which is challenging. We presently operate with a smaller budget than most successful veteran FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams have. This limits our program in the number of competitions that we can participate in, the extent that we can develop our robot technology, and the types of outreach we can provide. With program growth and additional money, we can do things like re-engineer our robot between competitions, build a twin robot and use it to recruit new rookie teams by letting them borrow the robot for off-season competitions and use it as a learning tool. With more money, we can have the opportunity to attend more competitions where we hone our engineering skills, scout for teammates by evaluating other teams’ performances, skills and robot designs, and talk to judges about our real life experiences with designing and building our robot, and where we perform on-the-spot maintenance for our robot requiring us to think-on-our-feet. These types of experiences help us to educate our students more and help us to educate more students.

CEO/Executive Director
Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 19
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 14
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Collaborations
Affiliations:
1) New Haven Public Schools/Hill Regional Career High School
2) We are a FIRST Robotics Competition team and as such are affiliated with the nonprofit foundation: FIRST, 200 Bedford St., Manchester, NH 03101. http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc
3) We are a New England FIRST Robotics Competition team and as such are affiliated with the nonprofit: NE FIRST (aka IngenuityNE). 400 Woodland Ave., P.O. Box 940, Bloomfield, CT 06002. http://www.nefirst.org/
 
 
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
FIRST New England Regional Chairman’s AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2015
FIRST Rhode Island District Chairman's AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2015
FIRST Harford District WinnerFIRST Robotics Competition2014
FIRST Southington District WinnerFIRST Robotics Competition2014
FIRST Connecticut Regional Woodie Flowers Finalist AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2008
FIRST Connecticut Regional WinnerFIRST Robotics Competition2007
CAS/CIAC Connecticut State Robotics Championship, Winner, 1st SeedConnecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference2014
CAS/CIAC Connecticut State Robotics Championship, Winner, 1st SeedConnecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference2013
FIRST Waterbury District Team Spirit AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2015
FIRST New England Regional Judges AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2014
FIRST Southington District Chairman's AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2014
FIRST Southington District Industrial Safety AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2014
FIRST Groton District Industrial Safety AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2014
FIRST WPI Regional Creativity AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2013
FIRST Connecticut Regional Dean's List FinalistFIRST Robotics Competition2011
FIRST Connecticut Regional Engineering Inspiration AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2010
FIRST Connecticut Regional Judges’ AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2009
FIRST Connecticut Regional Gracious Professionalism® AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2008
FIRST Connecticut Regional Team Spirit AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2007
FIRST New England Regional Imagery AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2005
FIRST New England Regional Judges’ AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2003
CAS/CIAC Connecticut State Robotics Championship, Winner, 6th SeedConnecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference2016
FIRST Hartford District Chairman's AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2016
FIRST Waterbury District Quality AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2016
FIRST New England District Championship – Team Spirit AwardFIRST Robotics Competition2016
FIRST World Championship, Finalist Galileo Division, 8th SeedFIRST Robotics Competition2016
Comments
CEO Comments
Elm City Robo Squad is a public school organization, and as such, we do not have a CEO.   Our mentor Advisory Board comprises individuals with many years experience working with high school students and mentoring robotics, including several individuals that participated in FIRST Robotics Competition when they were in high school.
 
We are presently developing a Fundraising Plan and a Business Plan with the assistance of our student members.  Teaching business skills is also part of our robotics program.
Governance
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy No
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Mr. Clifford Branzell United Illuminating Company
Mr. Brendan Clifford Comcast Corporation
Mr. Alan DiCicco RBC Heim Bearings
Mr. Justin W. Foss Parker Hannifin Corporation
Mr. Andrew H. Morrison United Illuminating Company
Mr. Steven Reitsma United Technologies Corporation
Ms. Cynthia Scheetz Hill Regional Career Magnet High School
Mr. Ernest Smoker Guilford High School
Mr. Donald W. Thomas IIIParker Hannifin Corporation
Ms. Alberta A. Vitale Esq.Self-Employed
CEO Comments
As a public school organization, we do not have a Board of Directors making our decisions.  We use an Advisory Board comprising volunteer mentors in roles requiring decision making for the organization. All volunteer mentors are professional engineers, attorneys and business people. 
 
High school students actively serve in leadership and advisory roles. 
 
 
 
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Aug 31 2017
Projected Revenue $65,704.00
Projected Expenses $64,045.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Elm City Robo Squad Case Statement2016View
Elm City Robo Squad Chairman's Award Essay2015View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$27,656$25,352--
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates$15,000$14,500--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.870.94--
Program Expense/Total Expenses65%64%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$20,000$20,000--
Current Assets$20,000$20,000--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$20,000$20,000--
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Technologies $14,000United Technologies $5,000--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountComcast $4,000Hill Regional Career H.S. $5,000--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Illuminating $3,500Yale University $5,000--
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign PurposeHelpCapital Campaigns are defined as a fundraising efforts over-and-above an organization's annual operating budget. Campaigns might include the purchase of land or a building, major renovations, and major equipment purchases. Endowment campaigns may also be included if the funds are legally restricted. The purpose of our capital campaign is to raise money to support our robotics workroom redesign, remodel and re-outfit. The space is in need of new furniture, storage, tools and equipment. We plan to purchase a 3-D Milling System including CNC router(s) and computers.
Goal $25,000.00
Dates June 2015 to Aug 2017
Amount Raised To Date 7500 as of Jan 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
We reside at an inner-city, Title I, high school: Hill Regional Career High School. We don’t charge membership, which is unusual for a FIRST Robotics Competition team, but also a requirement for our students, else they would not be able to participate in our program. Parent participation is limited because of work schedules, transportation issues and language barriers. This makes fundraising difficult because we do not have access to traditional fundraising vehicles, such as, for example, a parent booster club.
 
As an organization that is part of the New Haven Public School system, we are not required to file an IRS Form 990. 
 
 
 
Foundation Staff Comments

***Elm City Robo Squad operates under the New Haven Public Schools. The previous years of financial information in the profile is specific to Elm City Robo Squad.

 
This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by The Community Foundation.  Financial information is input by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation requires three years of financial information from the nonprofit organization; however, this requirement may not be available for some organizations due to their more recent incorporation or formation. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address Hill Regional Career High School
140 Legion Avenue
New Haven, CT 065195507
Primary Phone 203 693-1558
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.

 

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