Become a Sponsor

As part of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), our students
are learning technical STEM* skills, including mechanical engineering, coding, electronics and
business skills that will help them compete in today’s workforce. Your contribution as a sponsor
will enable the Wheaton Robotics Team to compete at the highest level.

Each year, our team of 20-30 students designs and builds a robot that must be able to operate
autonomously, respond to an operator’s commands, and perform a wide variety of mechanical
functions. Students use critical thinking, collaboration, project management, computer-aided
design, manufacturing, and other technical skills. Students are also learning other skills such as
business and financial management, public relations, web design, graphic design, and
administration.

The team’s discipline and ambition have led to two district event victories in the past two years.
The competitions are weekend events hosting 30 to 50 teams. In preparation for each
competitive match, students research the capabilities of the opposing robot designs, agree on a
strategy then execute it in a high-pressure environment.
We need financial support as well as adult and company mentors in order to succeed.

Our annual budget is between $20,000 and $30,000. It covers competition fees, mechanical and electronic
components, robot fabrication materials, tools, community outreach, among other needs.
Team sponsors receive brand recognition on our web page, our robot, our team t-shirts and in our competition pit area. Regular robot video updates will be shared with sponsors throughout the season. Please see the attached for sponsorship benefit details. Your donation is tax-deductible. For more information about the team and sponsorship opportunities, please contact our leader,
Mr. Rich Scott, Engineering Academy Leader, at Richard_E_Scott@mcpsmd.org or 301-321-
3400.

* STEM: science, technology, engineering and math

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