Learn everything you can about FIRST and the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) before committing to forming a team. Find a local team or two, talk to them, and follow their progress through a season. Attend at least one regional competition to gauge the impact of the competition for yourself. Plan to meet with the team leaders and students, speak with their sponsors, and see robots first-hand.
Once you’re ready to start an FRC team at your school, start developing partnerships that will supply your team with mentors and sponsors. Local manufacturing and technology companies are ideal sources of mentors and sponsors, as are local technical schools, colleges, and universities. Many local chapters of professional science and engineering organizations support FIRST through volunteer help from their engineers, scientists and technologists. If you are unsure where to start, please contact Jim Beck – FIRST Western Regional Director.
- Providing financial support
- Involving employees as mentors or volunteers
- Providing equipment and facilities
- Offering scholarships
- Providing internships
For more information on becoming a Team or Regional Event sponsor, contact David Berggren or Jim Beck.
If you are interested in becoming a FIRST mentor, please contact a Regional Director or Senior Mentor.
Local mentors are likely to know about new teams forming in the area. Rookie teams especially benefit from strong professional mentoring. For more information about mentoring opportunities, please visit the FIRST website at www.usfirst.org
If you would like to make a donation to FIRST, please note this important information:
FIRST is a 501 (C)(3) Public Charity
Funds received will be used to support FIRST programs
Donations to FIRST are tax deductible to the extent provided by current IRS tax laws and regulations.
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