FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization that was created “to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.” With more than 90,000 volunteers and “a network of over 3,500 corporations, educational and professional institutions, and individuals,” FIRST reaches approximately 212,000 students a year.
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The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a program designed for high school students that combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology. Teams are required to come up with an average of $10,000 every year. Fundraising and corporate sponsorship are the key components of keeping this program running.
Inventables, whose corporate mission is to “inspire the dreamers of the world to explore what’s possible,” is joining forces with FIRST. The FIRST Video program, launched in the summer of 2010, provides FIRST robotics teams with a quick fundraiser to help them raise money for their robots and other team expenses. Vendors who purchase a FIRST Video are provided with a marketing tool for their products, and FIRST teams are provided with equitable compensation for their work.
At Inventables, we hope to, at scale, help raise $2 million a year for FIRST teams. We are excited to move from our current Beta testing to a live, world-wide launch.
I have been hired as a FIRST Robotics intern to take on the task of growing this program. This is my first job, and I’m excited to be here. I’m learning all about the way a real business works while incorporating what I learned in FIRST. I really believe in what’s happening here at Inventables. I have witnessed first-hand how challenging it can be for FRC teams to find funding for the year, and Inventables has come up with a great solution.
This program helps raise funds and gives students a look into what real-world engineering is all about. When I was a part of my FIRST team, we often ran into situations where we couldn’t pay for everything we needed. With this new program, teams can get a head start on fundraising for the upcoming year. The video-making process is a simple fill-in-the-blank set up; therefore, teams should be able to complete the entire process in one 3-hour sitting. Completing four videos would result in a quick $1,000 dent in your fundraising commitment, and, for a team that started off with nothing, that’s a significant gain.