Dear Potential Sponsor, 

We are a group of students from New Underwood School that participate in First Tech Challenge Robotics.  First Tech Challenge is a STEM robotics competition in which teams design, build and program a robot to accomplish both autonomous and remote control tasks on a 12’x12′ competition field. In the 2023-2024 season, we did well enough to move from the qualifier in Fargo, N.D. to the Regional Championship in Bismarck, N.D.

Competition tasks from the 2023-2024 season included:

  • Using computer vision to detect the location of an object and follow an appropriate course.
  • Collecting 5 inch disks from the ground and placing them on an angled board about 3 feet tall.
  • Being able to reach high enough, while still fitting under a 14 inch high barrier.
  • Launching a paper airplane in a controlled manner.
  • Lifting the entire robot off the ground by hanging from a bar.


The 2023-2024 season was our fourth season, and we learned more of what we need to be successful going forward.

The things we need include:

  • More custom-made components that we design and manufacture.
  • Having the Full Game Element set, which changes each year, to have a properly calibrated robot. This can be purchased as a full set ($450). The full set will allow us to demonstrate to new local teams and possibly scrimmage with them.
  • Doing more outreach, such as going to local events and showing our robot to the public.
  • Helping to get more teams started in the Western South Dakota area. 
  • A backup set of control electronics.

We are looking for sponsorships to offset the cost of these expenses:

  • 2024-2025 Team Registration Fee: $275 
  • 2024-2025 Competition Registrations: $100
  • Robot Materials: $800
  • Backup Control Electronics set: $600
  • 2022-2023 Game Element Kit: $450
  • Outreach Materials: $600
  • Team Attire: $150 
  • Team Starter Kit: $1500 (This would allow us to help start other teams by allowing us to loan the needed hardware to get a start on their first season)

As of 2023, our team is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. This means donations made to our team are tax deductible. If you are able to help with our project or have questions about the FTC program, we can be reached at Our instructor, Casey Tippmann, can be reached at


First Tech Challenge Team #18045




Sponsorship Tiers

  • Donations of $500 or more will be acknowledged with your name on our robot, team banner and other media.
  • Donations of $200 to $499 will be acknowledged with your name on our team banner and other media.
  • Donations $100 to $199 will be acknowledged on a Sponsorship Board that will be on display at our events.

If you wish to donate to our team, please contact our coach at We can also accept donations in the form of a check.  Please send checks to the address below and include the tear off at the bottom of this page if you wish to receive a receipt for your donation.

Rusty Nail Robotics

P.O. Box 13

Caputa, SD 57725


Please send me a receipt for my donation of ______________________ to the address listed below.