Titanium Knights Case Study

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Team Number: 6203
Team Name, Corporate/University Sponsors: Academy After Hours/Nokia Bell Labs/Wells Fargo/Bank of America/Altech Machine & Tool, Inc./Li Technologies, LLC/Bloomberg&Bergen Acads Hackensack
Briefly describe the impact of the FIRST program on team participants with special emphasis on the 2016/2017 year and the preceding two to five years:
As a team only in their third season, the Titanium Knights is dedicated to creating a FIRST family in Bergen County. We’re not only building up STEM skills, but also spreading the message of FIRST throughout our community. We’ve held over 100 hours of robotics classes for middle schoolers, as well as mentoring FLL and FLL Jr. teams. 100% of our first year of alumni are pursuing STEAM majors
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Over 100 kids throughout Bergen County have attended our summer camp, after school enrichment class, and our BCA Flash program. We mentored one rookie FLL team, helped in developing their mission strategy, resolved their technical issues, and assisted them in competition practice. We also assisted two FLL Jr. teams, nurturing their love for STEM. We are planning to host a FLL event for next year.
Team's innovative or creative method to spread the FIRST message
The Titanium Knights are not only members of FIRST, but also innovators and artists. We use our unique ways to spread the FIRST message and information about FIRST program. This includes demos at our school’s open house, which attracts more than 4000 people in our county every year, as well as exhibiting our robot in our school’s picnic event to attract incoming freshmen. The cornerstone of outreach is our robotics courses, which are organized and taught by members for students all over the county.
Describe examples of how your team members act as role models and inspire other FIRST team members to
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Currently, we have 7 corporate sponsors, old and new. Altech Machine and Tool has been our sponsor for years, while Bloomberg has become a supporter as of this year. Our university supporters include Stevens Institute of Technology University and the City College of New York (CCNY). Two college professors also work as our mentors for our technical team. Describe the strength of your partnership with your sponsors with special emphasis on the 2016/2017 year and the preceding two to five years
This year, we worked closely with the Academy After Hours program to offer a robotics summer camp as well as an after school class. Our mutually beneficial partnership brought more students into the program, and provided us with the reach and financial support necessary to make our own course possible. In the next two years, our goals is to turn our support from Bloomberg into a full sponsorship, allowing more FIRST outreach events to be hosted. Describe how your team would explain what FIRST is to someone who has never heard of

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