FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is the highest level of the FIRST competitions. Teams of students not only design, build, and program a robot that has to operate as part of a team of robots to achieve game goals in a competition, but they also have to raise funds for the team, design a team brand, write a business plan for ongoing team operations, maintain an online presence, manage team activities year around, and more. Far beyond just the technical challenge of the robot, FRC brings students as close to “real world” engineering as a high school student can get.
Sponsoring a FIRST Robotics team can benefit a company in a number of ways:
- The Sponsor’s company logo is displayed in front of thousands of students (future customers) and their parents and mentors (current customers!) as a company that cares about students and our future;
- The Sponsor increases awareness of its company among high school and college students who may be a good match for internships and as future employees;
- The Sponsor improves the lives and futures of students on the team with support that can enable access to better tools and materials, more mentors, and resources for more students to be involved in finding their gifts and talents through the Robotics program;
- The Sponsor who also encourages staff to participate as Team Mentors will find those staff more energized in their work as a result of the excitement of sharing their knowledge and experience with the students.