MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Columbia High School Senior Robotics team -- Team 4102 -- has been invited to the Robotics World Championship. As the team does not receive school funding, they have started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money to attend the competition in St. Louis.

As of April 19, the team has raised $9,445 of the $12,000 goal.

The Go Fund Me campaign page states, "Team 4102 does not receive funding through the school, as other sport teams do. For us to attend this trip, each student is responsible for paying for the total sum of airfare, lodging for 6 nights, and all meals/extra expenses."

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There are also costs for additions and repairs that need to be made to the robot to make it "Worlds competition-ready," according to the Go Fund Me description. Also noted it that while the robot does not contain an inappropriate amount of liquids, "TSA would have a field day condemning it if we tried to have it take on as baggage.' Thus the robot and our kit of parts, tools, batteries needs to be driven to St. Louis or shipped by private carriers such as FedEx or UPS."

For more information about the Go Fund Me campaign, click here.

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