The Chatham-Kent Cyber Pack is looking for some funding to help build this year’s robotics projects.

CK Cyber Pack robotics team. Photo courtesy of CK Cyber Pack, via Facebook.

The group is made up of local students who compete internationally with their designs.

Riley Bates is a Grade 12 student at CKSS, and heads up the design/fundraising efforts.

“Many other teams in the competition are sponsored by schools and they work at schools,” Bates explains. “Because we’re a community-based team, our expenses are a lot greater and we don’t have as much funding to cover them.”

Bates says between building robots, transportation, hotels, and food, taking part in competitions costs an average of $30-35,000 a year.

The CK CyberPack will be at the University of Windsor in March, followed by a competition at Thompson Arena in London in April.

Nooyen Farms of Chatham-Kent recently donated $1000 to the group, and is challenging other businesses in the community to match it.

The team says any sponsors confirmed by February 21st will get their company name on the team’s uniforms.

To connect with the team for sponsorship information, email More details about the CK Cyber Pack can be found on their Facebook page – click here.