I’m the lead mentor of an established FRC team. We are school-sponsored…our workshop is at school and we operate just like any other varsity sport. We have stable sponsors. But there’s one important resource we lack … TIME.
Our mentors are stretched thin - whether they’re teachers at the school or engineers at local companies, nobody can devote the time required to support the growth we would all like to see on our team.
In a perfect world, we would partner with a local company who wants to employ a full-time (or at least 75%) FIRST Robotics Mentor.
Is anyone aware of successful examples of this kind of a partnership? A model where employees are all-in, or even a company who has a full-time FRC mentor on staff?
This list will help me do more research and hopefully work toward bringing this type of model to my area.
Here are a few partnerships that might (not sure) be close to what I’m talking about:
- Stryker (2767)
- Baxter (16)
- DANA corp. (279)
Do you know of any others? Thoughts or comments? Thank you!
EDIT: Thanks for the feedback! None of the teams I listed actually do this type of thing. I was completely mistaken. Thanks!