How to Support Us

           Donate Online:

Scroll to the bottom, select West Albany High School Item: Robotics Memo: Donation and enter amount.

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Bottle Drop: We have Blue Bottle Drop fundraising bags available at the Hive and events. Just let us know how many you need! Please fill them and turn them in via the little hatch door on the South side of the Albany Bottle Drop building (the side that faces the restaurant) from 6am – 10pm, hand them to a Bottle Drop Employee inside, or you can bring them to the Hive and we will drop them off. We accept stray bottles and cans in the Hive. You are welcome to make donations directly from your Bottle Drop account to ours: Greater Albany Public SD- SWARM Robotics Team 957

Thank you for your interest in supporting SWARM Team 957 Robotics. We are a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) program for youth ages 13 -18 in the Greater Albany Public Schools 8J District. We raise funds each year to lower the cost and create an equitable environment where all eligible students can participate regardless of financial status. We are able to use the school district’s nonprofit status for tax deductible donations to our team. We are an all volunteer organization of parents, community members, and sponsors.

The program’s goals are to provide students with a positive experience as members of a development team focused on using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to build robots for FIRST competitions. Building a robot from scratch challenges students to work together using STEM skills as well as interpersonal skills, and it is expected that students learn to work together for the common good of the team. Our team members gain valuable hands-on experience in things like electrical wiring and soldering, pneumatics, proper tool use and safety, parts fabrication, Computer Assisted Drafting & Design, 3D Printing, the use of machines like water jet cutters, CNC machines, drill presses, coding and software, business and marketing, web design and graphic design, public speaking, leadership and more.

In addition to working on the design, construction, and programming of our robot for the competition, our team is also tasked with fundraising for each season and attending community outreach events. The budget for the team runs close to $16,000 each year.
Depending on how well we do, we require an additional funding for:
District Competition Travel           ~$5,000  (Travel to Spokane area)
World’s Competition Travel          ~$35,000 (Travel to Houston, TX)

Our income is based on grants, sponsorships from local businesses, individual contributions, and team member’s service, people like you. Without their generous support, our team would not be able to accomplish our goals. The opportunity that your donation gives our team is priceless, and in turn, we are preparing youth for a variety of STEM careers that benefit us all. Your generous donation helps us pay for things like FIRST Robotics Competition Entry Fees ($7500), Supplies: parts, tools, laptops, etc. ($6000), other miscellaneous expenses like travel, meals and snacks during build season and competition, etc. ($2500).

Sponsors are recognized on various Team 957 promotional materials (t-shirts and banners) at local and regional events, have their name/logo placed on the competition robot, and here on this web site, as well as our social media accounts.

In Kind
Support for our team is often financial, but it can also be in-kind goods, services, mentor time, expertise, or meal contributions. If you have any questions, please contact our fundraising team at: or visit our Wishlist Page     

If you would like to mail a donation, you can print our Donation Form 
and send it in with your check payable to “SWARM Robotics WAHS”

Mail the above information along with your donation to: Team 957 SWARM

FIRST Robotics Team 957
c/o West Albany High School 
2100 Elm St. SW
Albany, OR 97321

Thank you for supporting SWARM!!!