Our sponsors are absolutely crucial to the success of our team. Each company we partner with provides us with tremendous support in the form of donations or parts. Many of our team mentors are from these companies. Also, our sponsors often provide us with unique opportunities to learn how our skills from robotics can be applied in the real world. In the past, we have attended the Intuitive Surgical Open House and directed the surgical robots, and have also attended the Abbott Tech Expo where we received a tour of the stent labs. Some of our members have also gone to manufacturing sponsors to learn more about the manufacturing process and to better understand how we can better account for manufacturing capabilities in our designs. We are extremely appreciative of our sponsors, and do our best to promote their companies in return on our robots and team apparel.
Our financial sponsors are listed below. Our manufacturing sponsors are equally important for our success. They are described here.
NASA is one of our most generous sponsors, and a strong supporter of FIRST, supplying us with a significant portion of our registration costs, in addition to a generous monetary grant for use on the robot.
Google is one of our main monetary sponsors who has provided us with grants over the years which help us maintain our team.
St. Jude is another of our main monetary sponsors with a continuing partnership with our team.
The Abbot Fund is one of our gracious monetary sponsors. They have provided us with grants for years in a show of continuing support of our team.
Intuitive is one of our continuing sponsors, providing us with monetary support as well as mentors and opportunities to interact with their robotics programs.
MVHS provides us with our workspace and has been extremeley supportive of us over the years.
BAE was major sponsor for our team until the 2012 season. They provided us with grants for several years until their grant funding was reduced. We are very appreciative of their support.