We are a group of students from Poolesville High School, a whole-school magnet school, that joins together every year to build a robot from scratch. Moreover, we are a group of hardworking, dedicated individuals who see our task through to the end. After a six-week build season, we take our robot to regional FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC) with the goal of qualifying for the world competition. In 2012, our first season, we received the Rookie All-Star award, earning us a spot in the world competition in St. Louis, Missouri. We are determined to once again go to St. Louis with our robot.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) holds a series of competitions for students of all ages. These competitions encourage students to combine science, technology, and their imagination to design and build robots to solve problems. It aims to foster teamwork and leadership. This year's FRC challenge is called Stronghold. Teams have to build robots that breach defenses, shoot foam boulders into towers, and climb to score as many points as possible. To learn more about FIRST or this year's challenge, please visit www.usfirst.org.
At each regional competition, several teams compete against each other for the chance to make it to the world competition. Each team is provided with a space to build a pit where they can store tools and spare parts for their robot as well as perform maintenance or modifications to their robot in between matches. Each team ends up playing 8-10 or more matches to qualify for the regional quarterfinals. From the regional quarterfinals, the team tries to make it to the finals where they will ultimately compete for a position in the FRC World Competition in St. Louis.
Our robot could not have been built without the help of some generous organizations. The following companies have given us money so that we could buy materials and tools to build our robot. We also used these grants to pay the registration fees for the regional competitions. Please click on the company logos below to learn more about our sponsors.
Poolesville Tire and Auto Service
We have reached out to John Poole Middle School and are planning to start two FIRST Lego League teams there. FIRST Lego League helps 9-14 year-olds foster their creativity and gain an interest in technology while solving problems and competing with other teams. Middle school students can carry on these interests through their high school years, and maybe even join Falcons FIRST when they enter high school! We held an assembly at John Poole Middle School to help spark interest in robotics and promote the FLL teams that will be there starting in the 2015-2016 school year. We are excited to mentor two FLL teams at John Poole - watch out for the JPMS FLL teams next year!
We need the help of generous organizations to help us build a top-quality robot during our build season. There are many costs that go into building our robot and participating in tournaments.
Of course! Falcons FIRST would appreciate any supplies and services you may be able to provide. Our robot needs a wide variety of parts that may not come with the limited building kit provided by the competition. Services we need include the making of team shirts, buttons, and banners, among others. If your company can provide milling, welding, or other machine shop time, it would be greatly appreciated.
Please mail or email us this fillable PDF note with your name or company name, address, and donation amount/type. We also have an alternate printable note. This will give you the opportunity to take advantage of all available benefits. Our contact information is in the section below.
There are several benefits to sponsoring Team 4099 this season! A higher level sponsor receives all of the benefits of the lower level sponsors in addition to their own.
|Sponsor Level||Donation Type||Benefits|
|Diamond||Services or Supplies||Based on value of services and/or supplies|
|Platinum||$5000+||Name will be part of our official team name as it would be read at competitions (i.e. "United Therapeutics / Cycus Technologies / Texas Instruments & Poolesville High School")
Name and logo displayed on our team T-shirts
Very large logo on our next robot
|Titanium||$2500-$4999||Name and logo displayed on our team T-shirts
Large logo on our next robot
|Gold||$1000-$2499||Name and logo displayed on our pit display at competitions and demonstrations
Medium logo on our next robot
|Silver||$500-$999||Name and small logo displayed on our next robot|
|Bronze||$250-$499||Name and logo will appear in the Sponsors section of our website|
Any donation amount is appreciated, and amounts below $250 will be recognized in a list at the bottom of our Sponsors section.