The original plan was for members of Team 279 (Tech Fusion) at Toledo Technology Academy to keep part of their fundraising sales for money needed for FIRST Robotics competitions.

That is, until they heard about the plight of a team from Loudon County, Virginia they had recently competed against at a regional championship in Knoxville, Tenn. The rookie team from Loudoun's Academy of Science and Monroe Technology Center, nicknamed RoboLoCo, received runner-up honors, the Judge's Trophy and an invitation to the FIRST World Championships at the April 4 competition. But then the Virginia team had its SUV stolen from the parking lot of its Knoxville hotel. The thief got the trophies, all of the equipment – and the robot – nicknamed The Red Baron.

When they learned this news, the TTA students immediately voted to give whatever money they raise to RoboLoCo to help in the rebuilding of its robot.

You can help the students by participating in their Robot Days at Wendy's events. The first is tonight, April 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wendy's restaurant at 2866 Navarre Ave. in Oregon and the second is Thursday, April 16, at the Wendy's in Rossford, 27240 Crossroads Pkwy., also from 5 to 8 p.m.

Team 279's robots will be on display at both locations. 

Posted on April 14, 2015