TAMIU NASA Robotics: Reaching Mars

This campaign ended on April 29, 2019, but you can still make a gift to Texas A&M International University by clicking here!

Our campaign is meant to help minimize the costs our students will have with their senior design projects.


DustyTRON and DustySWARM are two teams that will be competing at NASA. These competitions will help with the future of Mars exploration.


TRON builds an excavating robot from scratch that is able to dig and collect rock samples from an arena that mimics Mars terrain. TRON uses several engineering disciplines such as software, mechanical, and electrical in order to successfully do this. 

SWARM programs robots that are meant to help visualize, and improve, how autonomous rovers behave while in Mars. This includes how they can pick up QR blocks as soon as they are detected. This is done by designing and developing an autonomous search algorithm for small collaborative robots. 

Through this campaign we hope to raise enough money to help get our talented engineers to their competitions so that we can better promote TAMIU and its students, as well as showcase our acquired skill-sets.

In order for TRON and SWARM to successfully finish their robots and compete they must raise as much money as possible. This money will go to the students' flights to get to the competitions as well as lodging. SWARM will be competing in New Mexico for four nights, and TRON will be competing in Florida for five nights. Additionally, TRON needs to purchase the parts and components for the robot, such as a Lidar ($500), microprocessor and motor drives ($700), electrical connection, motors and gears ($900), mechanical structure material ($1500), and some tools and equipment to build and construct the robot as well.

Your support will help us reach our ultimate goal of representing TAMIU and Laredo. Please give!

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