Since 2000, ITTIP and SVRTC Senior Technology Engineer, Bill Wilson, has pledged his time and talents to FIRST Robotics. FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international non-profit mentoring organization that promotes a vision for students to become leaders in science and technology. In the Fall of 2015, six new teams were recruited from SVRTC school divisions and Mr. Wilson has provided support for FIRST through workshops, mentoring, and support in the competition arenas.
This year, Mid-Atlantic Broadband (MBC), a non-profit organization committed to bridging the digital divide, promoting economic development, and reducing the burdens of government and reinvesting in communities, has supported SVRTC divisions by providing $6,000 to each SVRTC high school willing to begin a new FIRST Robotics Competition team. The grant was used to help cover the startup and yearly expenses of competing. MBC is also providing a challenge grant that will match new team’s fundraising contributions dollar for dollar up to specified amounts.
The 2015-16 teams that are taking advantage of this financial and mentoring support are: The Central High School Portable Chargers (Lunenburg County), The Tunstall High School Trojans (Pittsylvania County), The Gold Dukes (Cumberland County), The T.I.G.E.R.S (Sussex County), The High Cyber Raiders (Amelia County ) and the Cometbots (Halifax County). While the Halifax County High Cometbots have made previous appearances in FIRST Robotics competitions, they have not competed in recent years. For the remaining counties, this will be their first appearances.