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), is an international non-profit mentoring organization that promotes a vision for students to become leaders in science and technology.
In 2015, 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, started supporting 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.
While Mr. Wilson continues to support FIRST through workshops, mentoring, and support in the competition arenas, you can learn more about current (and past) SVRTC teams and the grant funded support by MBC by visiting the dedicated website, Southern Virginia Robotics Alliance (SOVAR).