In just under three weeks, the 4th annual FIRST Tech Challenge West Super Regional will commence in Tacoma Washington, bringing 73 teams across 13 Western States together to compete in the sport of science, technology and teamwork. The FTC West Steering Committee has been hard at work over the last eight months and is putting the final touches in assuring another fantastic experience for nearly 1,000 youth, 7th-12th grade.
In the race to build a STEM workforce, companies, individuals and private foundations are thirsty to help. The expense to put on a Super Regional competition is approximately $135K with many teams not understanding these costs as they only pay a $500 registration fee to FIRST. This accounts for roughly 35% of actual competition expenses. Many assume that all costs are passed onto teams, which gives them value for the dollars they donate. While fundraising has progressed well for this Super Regional, we are still shy of $8,000 and ask for all team’s assistance in reaching out into their networks to invite them to donate in financially supporting this competition.
With FIRST Tech Challenge continuing to grow dramatically in popularity with middle and high school students, now is the time for each team to help tell their story. There are hundreds if not thousands of companies, individuals and private foundations in each of our 13 states that want to not only help 1 team succeed, but many teams succeed. Let’s all join forces in helping to tell the impact the FIRST Tech Challenge program has on young people in preparing them for the jobs of today and tomorrow!
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