S&P Global provides our team with financial support and supplies us with mentors in critical areas including team organization, fundraising, public relations, game strategy, award submissions, website & social media, engineering/construction, Computer Aided Design (CAD), programming, electrical systems, and pneumatic systems. Last year, S&P Global hosted a networking event for all FIRST Robotics alumni from teams that they have supported. Many members of Team 395 attended and developed new connections. They have also invited us to their offices to demonstrate our robots over the years.
Since the inception of the team, the New York Yankees have supported our team. Mr. Gary Israel asked the Yankees to support our team. At first, they donated tickets and souvenirs. Quite soon they began to fund us, which has continued to this day. Additionally, for the past 16 years, the Yankees have kindly invited us to come to Yankee Stadium and be honored on the field every year. It is one of our biggest honors and exciting events that our students look forward to each year.
The team originated at Morris High School, but we didn’t have access to an engineering lab. Mr. Israel contacted the dean of the Engineering School at Columbia University to ask for support. The university offered advertisements via flyers, so other faculty members could offer their help. Bob Stark, head of the mechanical engineering lab, offered his assistance in the form of personal time and access to the university mechanical engineering lab. Over the years, Columbia University students became involved as mentors. FIRST Robotics is now an official Columbia University club, which entitles us access to other areas of the University as well.
In 2007, New York Mayor Bloomberg came to a New York City regional to offer support. His company Bloomberg, later became an essential sponsor of the team. The company has provided us financial support, as well as providing mentors with expertise in programming and design. In addition to this, they have provided many opportunities for our students to participate in Computer Science programs at Bloomberg in their incredibly state-of-the-art offices. They have also sponsored programs such as celebrating International Women’s Day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.