GOOD MORNING DELMARVA - US FIRST is a non-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math.
FIRST programs use robotics as the vehicle to engage students in the hands-on, minds-on creative process of technological innovation. In an effort to encourage local High School students in our community to pursue careers in science and engineering a robotics team was formed in Wicomico County during the early part of 2010. For the past two years the students have created a robot and competed in the Chesapeake Regional Competition in Baltimore with more success each year.
Team 3389, RoboSpectrum, operates under the auspices of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Eastern Shore Robotics (ESR). Working through ESR allows our sponsors to use donations as a tax deduction and allows the team to share our experiences, knowledge and insights with the other teams on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia, including engineers from the NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility.
Currently, students from Parkside, Bennett, Wicomico, and Mardela High Schools are working together to design and build a robot. They plan to participate in the 2013 Chesapeake Regional Competition to be held in Baltimore in March. The team consists of approximately 20 High School students under the guidance of teachers, and professionals from the area serving as mentors. Our goals in 2013 include: developing skills through hands-on projects related to robotics, participate in community service projects to build team work skills, design and build a competitive robot, compete at the Regional Competition, and place high enough to attend the National Competition in St. Louis, Missouri in May. After the competitions are completed the team continues meeting on a year round basis with the teachers, engineers, and mentors to maximize their learning experience and advance their science and engineering skills for the next competition.
The estimated cost to design and build a competitive robot is $3,500. The three day Regional Competition held in Baltimore has an entry fee of $5,000 and the National Competition's held in St. Louise, Missouri has an entry fee is $5,000. The entry fees do not include travel expenses, meals, and associated costs.
In order for the students to meet their goals and participate in the competitions funding is needed. The students have been participating in fundraising activities, but they need the help of the community to reach their funding goal. Please consider investing in our future engineers by making a donation to the FIRST Robotics Competition Team 3389. A donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated.
Money isn't the only way you can support the program, we are also thrilled to have new mentors from local businesses that would like to share their skills and have a great time leading and inspiring our local youth. Some businesses may find they can offer their services in the form of machining or fabrication shops, printing, etc. If you would like to offer your services or if any of your employees would be interested in joining us please contact us.
For more information please contact Jenny Miles 410-677-5143 at or alternately James Culp at 410-742-9485. Your support will provide an opportunity for local students to experience the wonders of technology, inspire them to pursue a career in science and technology, experience a robotics competition, meet other students with similar interests, and give them an opportunity to receive college scholarships from FIRST. Thank you for your consideration of our request. You may also see more information and a list of 2012-2013 sponsors at our website, http://www.team3389.info/.