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Cleveland High School
Attn: Business Office
3400 SE 26th St.
Portland, OR 97202

Our Story

In 2008, a group of committed students, parents, and teachers launched a new FIRST* Robotics team at Cleveland High School. Many of the students leading the effort came from the 2007 FIRST Lego League Robotics World Champion team from Winterhaven Middle School, called the "Pigmice." Building on this successful tradition and choosing to incorporate the playful name, the team continually works to make southeast Portland a hub for K-12 robotics education in Oregon.

Since then the Pigmice have been competing at the high school "varsity" level: FIRST Robotics Competition, where students receive regular mentoring from local engineers and industry professionals as they design and build robots that meet specific competition challenges.

It is the goal of FIRST to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes and leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

The Pigmice now have a long history of success, in addition to their Lego World Championship they continually finish highly ranked in the Northwest region and have earned many awards over the years including the Rookie Inspiration Award, Visualization Award, Computing Award, Excellence in Design Award, Creativity Award, and four consecutive Innovation in Control and Design Awards.

This year's team needs to raise $40,000 to build t his year's robot and successfully take it to competition. Funds go towards parts and tools to build the robot, computers for design, programming, and website development, as well as uniforms, outreach and travel expenses for the team.

Can you help? Over the course of a six-week build season these amazing kids build a 120-pound robot that incorporates an aluminum chassis, customized parts of their own design and manufacture as well as state-of-the-art electronics The entire machine will be designed and built exclusively by team members. The cost is significant; it is much more than our families and school can afford.

Much of the program's success comes from the fact that the robot is really only one part of the FIRST experience. Along with learning programming, electronics, mechanics, pneumatics, game strategy, web design, and computer animation, we also strive to foster a positive team spirit, attract new and diverse students, mentor elementary and middle school robotics teams, organize fundraisers, and devise marketing strategies to promote our team and the values of FIRST.

For more information about FIRST Robotics, please visit their website at or email our coach at Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Warmest Regards,
The Pigmice FRC Team #2733

* FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology -- see