January 14, 2016



Donations to the Dreadbots are tax-deductible. 

This page contains all the information about our sponsors, how to become a sponsor, our wish list and our business plan.

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Our Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors ($5,000 and above)

Michigan Aerospace Logo Yanfeng logo


Platinum Sponsors ($2,000 to $4,999)

Ford logo Michigan department of education logo


Gold Sponsors ($1,000 to $1,999)

Lions logo Dexter Research Center logo Maker Works logo


Silver Sponsors ($500 to $999)

Terumo logo Hatch Assembly & Stamping logo A & W logo Hella logo
JAC Products logo


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Why You Should Become a Sponsor

When you become a sponsor of our FIRST robotics team you get so much more than your logo on our website, robot and team shirts. You are helping students learn: engineering, team building, business and leadership skills.

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Why We Need Our Sponsors

Without our sponsors we couldn’t compete. We need funds to: buy materials for our robot & other supporting items, pay registration fees, software licenses and more.

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How to Become a Sponsor

We accept both monetary and materials donations.

Donations to the Dreadbots are tax-deductible. 

To give a monetary donation please use the address below or via PayPal payable to DreadbotFunds@gmail.com.

DHS Robotics – Dreadbots
C/O Jennifer Bryson
8252 Bridgeway Drive
Dexter, MI 48130

Checks should be made payable to:  DHS Robotics – Dreadbots*
*Please include account number 6624316670 in the memo line.

To give a materials donations, please send an email to dhsdreadbotbusiness@gmail.com.

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Our Current Wishlist

  1. SHOP TOOLS (we lost our build space that was next to Maker Works, thus we no longer have easy access to their tools. We need to buy ~$36,000 worth of tools to replace the tools we used at Maker Works)
  2. New pit setup for at competitions
  3. Painting of our team trailer
  4. Team mascot costume


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Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

Diamond $5,000+ Reception with the team, plus items below.
Platinum $2,000-$4,999 Name announced at competitions, plus items below. 
Gold $1,000-$1,999 Your logo is placed on our robot and T-shirts (the size of your logo is proportional to the amount given), plus items below.
Silver $500-$999 Your logo (or name) with link to your business website are placed on our website (ordered according to the amount given) and a team photo, plus items below.
Bronze  $250-$499 Your logo (or name) is placed on our pit signs (the size of your logo is proportional to the amount given), plus items below.
Supporter $25-249 You receive a letter of appreciation and, if we make it to Worlds, a postcard as well.















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Why are students important to us?

Maker Works has three bottom lines—People, Planet, and Profit. Students are an important part of the People side for us. Both of Maker Works’ owners, Tom and Dale, have a technology background, and feel strongly that every student should have strong STEAM skills. Unfortunately, “making” is a lot less common in schools than in decades past, and many students don’t have an opportunity to learn the tools, materials, and techniques that we feel can be an enormous asset wherever their future studies and jobs take them.Maker Works logo

Why did we choose to support robotics in particular?

Tom is a past FIRST judge with an interest in robotics. Dale is a past FIRST mentor and has also worked in other programs using robotics for education. Robotics is a very rich field drawing on mechanics, physics, fabrication, electronics, software, and so on, in a way that can be very motivating for students. We think it’s a great way for students to apply what may have been purely academic knowledge to an exciting project, and even to spur their pursuit of knowledge and skills well outside the normal academics.

What does Maker Works get out of it?

As we said, one of our bottom lines is serving people, and serving FIRST teams goes directly to that bottom line. As a makerspace, we say our four value propositions are: access to tools, space to work, support/instruction, and community. The FIRST teams contribute to that community as well, bringing their skills, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn. Their presence adds greatly to our makerspace.

Why should other sponsors support FIRST teams?

If you have not watched the videos or visited a competition (and especially the pits) in person, you may not appreciate what amazing work these students are doing. These are hundred pound robots with often very sophisticated functions. If a wire is too thin, or a cross-piece not stiff enough, the robot won’t work—it’s a very real challenge. There’s a reason why the best employers and universities love seeing a FIRST experience on a resume—these are students that not only have worked together as a team to create a functional robot optimized for the task at hand, but have done so with professional values, good engineering, a concern for safety, and good sportsmanship. These are students that you’ll want to hire in a few years.

We’re extremely pleased to have the Dexter Dreadbots using our facilities.”

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Our Team’s Business Plan

Coming soon.

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