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F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Igniting young minds. Teaching life skills. Nurturing passions for science and technology.

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1 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Igniting young minds. Teaching life skills. Nurturing passions for science and technology. Practicing “Gracious Professionalism ®.” F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY (501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization) ®

2 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY  It’s a competitive sport.  It’s a life experience.  It’s opportunity.  It’s community.  It’s amazing.

3 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY FIRST Learning … … never stops building upon itself, starting at age 6 and continuing through middle and high-school levels up to age 18. Young people can join at any level. Participants master skills and concepts to aid in learning science and technology through innovative projects and robotics competitions, while gaining valuable career and life skills.

4 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY ✔ Introduction to science and technology ✔ Design and build challenge-related model using LEGO ® components ✔ Create a Show Me poster and practice presentation skills ✔ Explore challenges facing today’s scientists ✔ Discover real-world math and science ✔ Engage in team activities guided by Jr.FLL Core Values

5 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY ✔ Create innovative solutions to challenges facing today’s scientists ✔ Strategize, design, build, program and test an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS ® technology ✔ Apply real-world math and science concepts ✔ Develop career and life skills ✔ Become involved in their local and global community

6 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY ✔ Head-to-head competition using sports model ✔ Teams design, build, program robots based on sound engineering principles ✔ Platform is reusable from year-to-year ✔ Develop strategic problem-solving, organization, and team-building skills ✔ Awards for competition, community outreach, design ✔ Qualify for >$13 million in scholarships

7 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY ✔ Varsity Sport for the Mind™ ✔ Strict rules, limited resources, time limits ✔ Students mentored by professional engineers ✔ Teams learn, use sophisticated hardware and software ✔ Build and compete with robots of their own design ✔ Qualify for >$19 million in scholarships

8 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Who is FIRST For?  For students (ages 6-18): the hardest fun you’ll ever have.  For Mentors, Coaches, Volunteers: the most rewarding adventure you’ll ever undertake.  For Sponsors: the most enlightened investment you could ever make.

9 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY FIRST Scholarships More than $19 million in scholarship opportunities from over 150 providers, including:

10 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY “…It’s like life. You never have enough information. You never have enough time. The kit of materials is what you have in the warehouse. There are always competing things and you must have a strategy. We’ve created a microcosm of the real engineering experience.” Woodie Flowers FIRST National Advisor How FRC Works

11 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY ✔ Mission is to INSPIRE, not EDUCATE ✔ But look at what is involved: Math (algebra, geometry, trig, calculus) Science (physics, chemistry, experimentation) Language arts (writing, public speaking) Business (marketing, PR, fundraising) Finance (accounting) Computer Science (programming, 3D animation) Fabrication (woodworking, metalworking) Mentorship: Working side-by-side with professionals Teamwork Gracious Professionalism ® Coopertition ® How FRC Works

12 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY FIRST ® Robotics Competition (FRC ® ): 2014 Season 2,700+ teams 68,000 high-school-age students 10 or more students per team (av. 25) 54 Regionals; 4 Qualifying Championships; 40 Qualifying Competitions; 1 FRC Championship 17 countries Team Growth 2014 FRC Season

13 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY ✔ Case History: Chatsworth High School, Los Angeles, CA ✔ 60% students graduate ✔ Less than 50% go on to college ✔ Every FIRST participant graduated on time, attended college, and many enrolled in honors and advanced placement course FRC Impact

14 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY ✔ Case History: East Technical High School, Cleveland, OH ✔ “Just 5 years ago…an urban school…slated for closing. We’ve become the science/engineering magnet school… More students try out for FIRST team than football and basketball combined.” ✔ Enrollment from 900 to 1,400 ✔ Attendance rates from 60% to 82% ✔ FIRST team all graduated, all received scholarships including Case Western Reserve, Cornell, MIT, Air Force Academy, Ohio State, Georgetown FRC Impact

15 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Compared to their matched peers, FIRST Alumni are: ✔ Significantly more likely to attend college. ✔ 3x more likely to major in engineering. ✔ 9x more likely to have an internship in Freshman year. ✔ 4x more likely to pursue a career in Engineering. ✔ 2.5x more likely to volunteer in the community. Brandeis University Study “More Than Robots” (Funded by Ford Foundation) FRC Impact

16 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Brandeis University Study “More Than Robots” (Funded by Ford Foundation) ✔ Female FIRST Alumni are 4x (400%) more likely to pursue Technology and Engineering majors in college. ✔ Minority FIRST Alumni are 2x (200%) more likely to pursue Technology and Engineering majors in college. FRC Impact

17 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY “This is the only sport I know of where everybody who plays can become a pro.” Walter P. Havenstein FIRST Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Retired, SAIC “I have a tremendous responsibility for making sure we prepare the next generation of engineers and scientists, and I can’t find a better program than FIRST robotics.” Congressman Chaka Fattah, 2nd District of Pennsylvania FRC Impact

18 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY How to Sponsor FRC ✔ Become a Sponsor  Provide financial support  Provide equipment and facilities  Offer scholarships  Provide internships ✔ Mentor a Team  Involve employees as Mentors ✔ Volunteer at Events  Involve employees as volunteers

19 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Why Sponsor FRC? ✔ Builds technological literacy ✔ Strengthens company reputation in the community ✔ Creates pipeline for interns and future employees ✔ Engages employees in volunteerism opportunities ✔ Provides employees team-building opportunities

20 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY FIRST Founding Sponsors & Strategic Partners

21 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY  On the web  Call WWW. USFIRST.ORG More Information


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