Thank-you for your interest in sponsoring Fresta Valley Robotics, FIRST Team 1731
We are excited to partner with your organization in the development of our local youth! Through the generous donations of time, expertise and money from our mentors and sponsors, FIRST Robotics Team 1731, Fresta Valley Robotics has grown from a few people building robots in a corn crib, to a globally recognized leader and winning competitor in the STEM focused FIRST Robotics community!
But winning isn’t everything…
While building great robots, we develop FIRST Robotics Alumni who become engineers, scientists, business leaders, and most importantly trusted, responsible, young professionals with high character and strong moral fiber. This is our mission.
Robotics competitions are EXCITING! The playing field is fast-paced and media rich, with thousands of enthusiastic students and parents who have a thirst for technology, competition and character building. The action is nonstop and streamed live to a national audience. A new match starts every 7 minutes and each team competes 10-15 times in a competition. As a sponsor, this is the environment and audience where we can promote your organization as a proponent of technology, teamwork and youth development in the Greater Washington DC Region.
Life in “The Pits”
“The Pit”, is a 10x10 area where the team prepares the robot between matches. Judges – volunteers from leading technology companies – evaluate each team on engineering processes, business methodology, safety, presentation and design. The pits are a continuous stream of visitors, especially for the winning robots. Team 1731 assigns two student team members to meet with judges, greet our visitors and present our sponsors!
A Winning Partnership!
As an organization with a vested interest in developing youth as future employees and customers, we are inviting you to partner with us in this common mission. The minimum cost to build a robot and compete each year is about $26,000, and we have done a lot with this small annual budget. But, there is a lot more opportunity! Beyond our minimum annual needs, additional funds and mentors could expand our community outreach, assist students in need, enhance the “The Pit” and upgrade tools and equipment.
In addition to financial support we welcome volunteers, especially experienced mentors who can help teach and guide our student members in technology, business and life. I’ve attached some additional information, and you can catch the excitement of FIRST Robotics competition through the videos on our web site. Even if you decide not to sponsor or volunteer with Fresta Valley Robotics Team 1731, we hope that you will become a fan!
Please contact me or one of our other members if you would like to be a sponsor or have any questions about FIRST Robotics, Fresta Valley Robotics Team 1731 volunteer opportunities. Fresta Valley Robotics is a 501(c)(3) organization.