We need your help!
Although our local school districts are supportive of the program, we don’t receive direct funding from them and need to raise money by partnering with corporations and individual donors who share the desire to develop the next generation of employees. FIRST competitions build invaluable employee skills like critical thinking and problem solving. Students also learn about “Gracious Professionalism” and “Coopertition®”. With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. Coopertition involves learning from teammates. It is teaching teammates. It is learning from Mentors. It means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can. Understanding and acting with these concepts will help students to become outstanding contributors in the workforce.
The typical build season is very demanding for the students. Through the 2 month season that kicks-off in January, we typically meet every day after school from 4-8pm, and Saturdays for 6 hours as well. We are supported by a team of volunteer mentors from local businesses (Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Raymond, IBM, etc.), and the community at large who help us by providing technical guidance, dinners (so we don’t have to miss our valuable lab time), and coaching of individual students on how to best work as part of a team.
Our team has competed in Rochester and Rensselaer, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Annapolis, Richmond, Long Island, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta. We have been Finalists and SemiFinalists at regional events across the country, and won positions to compete at the global FIRST Championship event. This presents a unique opportunity to showcase our sponsors. Because FIRST is designed to expose students to the corporate world, sponsors are advertised heavily during the competition via logos on robots, banners in team pit-crew areas, and are highlighted during live national broadcasts. Our team has placed well at all competitions and is much sought after by other teams for our expertise.
We cannot compete without the support of our sponsors and are continually looking to expand our reach to keep us funded, and help spread the word about our team and the program. That’s where we hope you can help. Each year, we need to raise approximately $20,000 to cover the costs of building a competition grade robot, registration fees, and travel expenses.
To that end, we would be ecstatic if you would consider becoming a sponsor for our team as well. Previous sponsors have contributed anywhere from $100 to $10,000 each season in materials, mentorship, labor and shop-work, or direct monetary contributions. Consideration for your contribution can be tailored to your needs, but typically consists of corporate names and logos on our team-shirts, web-site links from our team page, logos on our yearly competition robot, competition banners, sponsor appreciation banquets, and robot display opportunities. All sponsors receive our end of season thank-you package with pictures and our team shirt (which you can proudly display in your workplace to show your local support of technology programs). Checks can be sent to Deb Saunders at 1100 E. Main St. Endicott, NY 13760 with a notation of Tiger Tronics. The Tax ID for the school is: 15-6002204.
Thank you very much for your time, and please don’t hesitate to follow up with any questions you may have. Members of our team would be happy to arrange a meeting or robot demonstration to show in person who we are, what we do, and how we can change the world!