Team 3100 Sponsors

We are student leaders at Henry Sibley High School in West St. Paul / Mendota Heights and members of the 25-student coed Sibley FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team — The Lightning Turtles. FIRST Robotics Competition a varsity sport (as defined by the Minnesota State High School League – MSHSL) with the added rigors of science and technology. The Lightning Turtles are a team that not only builds competition-level robots, but also real-world engineering, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Java programming, materials fabricating, business, public relations and leadership skills for high school students.  We are mentored by nine engineers and professionals from Ecolab, 3M, Best Buy, Leidos Software and the Mayo Clinic.

Building robots and entering competitions is very expensive.  We need to raise $24,750 this year to cover the costs of:

  • Competition entry fees for two regional competitions ($9,000)
  • Robot build and fabrication materials ($4,000) – we build from scratch
  • Tools/pit materials/team apparel ($3,750)
  • Team transportation, lodging and meals for 25 students at two out-of-town 3-day competitions in Duluth & La Crosse, WI in April and March 2018 ($8,000)

We have raised $18,750 so far, which pays for our competition entry fees and our robot build, tools and materials costs. But, we’re $6,000 short and without funds to cover team travel costs to our two out-of-town competitions in March and April, many members of the team may be unable to join us as the individual travel costs ($150 per competition / $300 for both – four students per hotel room) are beyond their family’s means.  Fewer highly-dedicated team members participating will hurt our chances of placing well and bringing back competition awards for Henry Sibley HS.  These robotics competitions are amazing and pack just as much energy & excitement as the Minnesota State High School Hockey or Basketball Championships.  Sponsoring one student for one competition is just $150 or $300 for both competitions.

The entire team worked super-hard to raise funds in the pre-season (Sept – Dec) – contacting dozens of businesses, but as you can see, it wasn’t enough.  We are now in the middle of our robot build season and meeting 6-days per week after school to prototype, design, build, program and test our robot in the alloted 6-weeks between January 6 and the mandatory robot finish date on February 20th.   

We need financial contributions from businesses like yours to keep our diverse team (over 25% of our team is female) growing and succeeding. Every donation helps, and all contributions over $100 are recognized on our team website ( and in our weekly newsletters distributed widely to the Henry Sibley community and beyond. Higher sponsorship levels — fully detailed in the attached sponsorship packet — are further recognized on our competition t-shirts that we wear to both in-town scrimmages, out of town competitions and to company visits, and on our robot and sponsor banners at competitions.  

Please consider making a financial contribution – no matter what size.  Students who work so hard to build such a highly competitive robot and learn great team and practical real-world skills deserve to have a chance to compete with the with the best of the best in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  And if we do great – we’re headed to the World Championship in Detroit in late April!

Please say YES! I can arrange to come to your company with several of my team members and mentor to discuss in person or we can chat via email.  I’ll reach out again early next week if I haven’t heard back.

If you have any additional questions about our team or our goals, please contact myself at this email address or our team leaders at .

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Thank you,

    Aiden Jacobs & Bryson Halsey
    Henry Sibley High School
    FRC 3100: The Lightning Turtles
    Student Co-Leaders


Team 3100 – as part of Independent School District 197 – is tax-exempt under Section 115 of the IRS Code. We appreciate both cash and in-kind donations. A letter of confirmation on tax-exempt status can be provided on request. Our tax ID is 41-6007628. Checks can be made payable to “ISD 197” with “Robotics Team” on the memo. Electronic account transfer info can be provided. All donations are tax deductible.

Mailing Address

Henry Sibley High School
Attn: Doug Sisk – Technical Education Faculty
1897 Delaware Ave.
Mendota Heights, MN 55118

Team Business Contacts

Dan Halsey – Mentor – Business/Media or
m: 651-260-1989


Doug Sisk – Henry Sibley HS Tech Ed Faculty
m: 612-483-5488

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Signature Sponsor

Signature Sponsor



Thanks ECOLAB!



Thanks Skyline!

Platinum Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor



Thanks 3M!



Thanks Leidos!

Gold Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Banner Engineering


Thanks Banner

MJ Shea Consulting

MJ Shea Consulting

Thanks Mike!





Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Diesel Dogs


Thanks Diesel Dogs!

Batteries + Bulbs


Thanks Batteries + Bulbs!

Prime Design


Thanks Prime Design!

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Error 3130


Thanks for the
Battery Cart 3130!

South Robert St Business Association


Thanks SRSBA!

Telemetry and Process Controls, Inc.


Thanks Telemetry and Process Controls!