We are Root Negative One, the competitive robotics team affiliated with the Don Tyson School of Innovation in Springdale, Arkansas, USA. Our team includes 15 students in grades 7-12, and we compete in an international program known as FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). In 2018-2019, more than 7000 teams worldwide competed in FTC. The primary task in FTC is to design and build a robot to compete in a floor game, but top FTC teams are also expected to communicate their engineering design work, engage in community outreach, and excel in team building.  At April’s FTC World Championship in Houston, we received the Inspire Award, the top award given at FTC tournaments. Only 2 of the more than 7000 FTC teams received this honor.

As a result of winning the Inspire Award in Houston, our team was selected to be Team USA at FIRST Global 2019, to be held October 23-27 in Dubai. FIRST Global is a robotics tournament often thought of as the “robotics olympics.” More than 190 countries will each send one team to this event, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to represent our country.

We Need Your Support

The costs associated with our participation in FIRST Global include a registration fee of $10,000 that covers the kit of parts that will be used to build our new robot, as well as our lodging and food during the event. We anticipate airfare costs of approximately $12,000, and we anticipate additional costs of $3,000 to cover uniforms, spare parts, and other supplies. Additional information about FIRST Global can be found here.

Sponsorships Available

Mail checks payable to Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation 800 E. Emma Ave., Suite 327 Springdale AR 72764 and note TeamUSA in the Memo line OR You can make your gift using our secure online giving with just a few clicks:



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Donations made here are tax deductible, and all funds will go directly to helping our students represent our district, state, and country.

Please direct all inquiries and questions to:

Dru Samuelson