Our perpetual programs have been wildly successful, but we’re always looking for new ways to spread our message.
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), a FIRST scholarship sponsor, was ready for the next level. We connected with an ERAU student and worked with the university to host Prescott’s first FLL tournament. We also partnered with ERAU in starting community FRC team 7059 by providing a $1000 sponsorship and assisting them during build season. Prescott has long been ready to grow FIRST, and we’re glad to provide the spark.
As our reputation grows, so do our calls for support. Coconino Community College & the AZ School for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB) approached us, asking for our assistance in growing FIRST: CCC offered us a grant to bring STEM to rural areas near Flagstaff with a goal of creating sustainable FIRST programs and ASDB to create accessibility options, allowing students to participate in robotics.
For permanent change, we need support at federal and state levels. This summer, we were AZ’s first delegates to the National Advocacy Conference in DC. We learned how to advocate for FIRST, conduct a productive meeting with legislators and network with other teams around the country. In addition, we formed partnerships with Jeff Flake, John McCain and Tom O’Halleran to support FIRST nationally. We took what we learned to the AZ Capitol and organized a FIRST Advocacy Day. Delegates from across the state attended workshops, demonstrated robots on the Capitol lawn, met with their local legislators, and observed a legislative session.