Why We Need You
Because our school has such varying demographics and one of our bedrock
principles is that we want to provide the FRC experience to as many
students as possible. In order to fund our activities we depend on grants and donations from various sponsors. Our total budget last year was over $45,000, which included competition registration, robot parts, transportation, marketing, meals, uniforms, etc. We require $10-20K annually for parts alone, which enables us to build multiple robots and to meet several goals. First, it allows as many students as possible to be involved in the build process and gain experience in the skills described above. Second, these can be used as training and demonstration platforms. Once competition season is complete we showcase the robot at various county STEM functions. Kids of all ages get really excited when they learn that this complex 120 pound machine was built by high school students in just six weeks; we believe that this helps inspire them to also pursue STEM activities by seeing how much fun it can be.
How We Use Our Money
Why You Should Sponsor Us
Our alumni graduate well prepared for college and for actual STEM work environments. The students have hands-on experience in a high pressure environment where they have to meet a complex challenge on a strict schedule and under budget. Additionally, they understand the criticality of teamwork in achieving organizational goals. Finally the leadership skills, confidence and the ability to translate difficult technical concepts makes our students well rounded and very well equipped to contribute to the success of any company they may end up with.
We are also passionate about taking our robot to the road to engage and promote STEM. By seeing other students work the robot and explain its capabilities, and participating in hands-on activities, students in other schools will be able to better understand that they too are capable of success. We try to engage at all levels to make an impact on the community. Whether it is briefing the County Board of Education to increase STEM funding in our schools, or talking to corporate executives, or teaching young kids how to manipulate our robot, we feel that we are encouraging others to succeed just as we have.