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Support Aspen’s Robo Yetis team

The Aspen High School Robo Yetis FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics team is hard at work preparing for an exciting week. The team will travel to Denver to compete at the State tournament after winning the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award as well as being part of the Finalist Alliance. They will test their engineering and presenting skills against the best teams in the state. The team, made up of 2 seniors, 2 juniors, and 8 freshmen, has worked hard for hundreds of hours since the fall to perfect their robot.

To share their experience with the community and raise money for the robot components and travel expenses, they are carrying on the Banners to Bags initiative begun in previous years. Banners are collected from local events, the City of Aspen, and Alpine Bank and send them to GarCo Sewing Works in Rifle. The nonprofit job-training center turns the banners into unique bags that the robotics program purchases. Final products are then sold to raise money for the team.

The overall benefit of the bags are multifaceted: The banners are diverted from the Pitkin County Landfill, GarCo Sewing Works creates meaningful work experiences and the robotics program benefits from the outreach and monetary inflation. Alpine Bank has made huge contributions: purchasing bags that sport their LOGO and financial theme. The team can use your support to continue their engineering journey to States, hopefully to Super Regionals in Spokane, WA, and to provide for middle school students in FIRST Lego League (FLL).

Helping out with the FLL tournament is also outreach for the Robo Yetis. AMS sponsors a tournament for hundreds of children on the Western Slope ages 9-13. The Robo Yetis are critical to the event: setting up, building field kits, serving as referees and other volunteers, and breaking down the event.

To show your support for the Robo Yetis and STEM education, contact Caroline Hanson at the AMS( to purchase a bag. The bags sell for $20, and all profits go to supporting STEM, FLL, and FTC.

Buy a bag to support these young innovators.

The Robo Yetis FTC Team 5196