ROBOTERRA to Renew its Global Impact Grant application for 2016-2017 FRC Season
SANTA CLARA –– This month, ROBOTERRA will reopen its Global Impact Grant application season; in which robotics teams who compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) can apply for grants to support their campaign. Since its inception in 2014, ROBOTERRA has offered its Global Impact Grant program annually, handing out $20,000 in the process. The company offers grants in three denominations: the $500 Global Visions grant, the $1000 Ambassador grant, and the $2500 World Leaders grant. A total of $10,000 will be distributed during the 2016-2017 season.
Earning a grant is no small task. Grant applicants are required to write a detailed document itemizing their entire team budget, stating their team goals, and most importantly describing how their efforts as a FRC robotics team impact their community. Says ROBOTERRA Director of Education, Tom Burns, about the grant, “the community engagement element is a big one. As a company we need to know that we’re supporting teams who share our vision and want to make an impact.” This season, ROBOTERRA expects over 35 grant applications.
Global Impact Grants have hit more than FRC teams’ bottom lines. “it did open up a whole new world for us” says Wade Roach, coach of Team 568 in Anchorage, Alaska and a 2015-2016 ROBOTERRA grant recipient. Roach adds that his team “is fired up to do great things next year and wants to figure out ways to get more involvement from the rest of [Alaska].” ROBOTERRA’s Tom Burns reflects on Team 568’s success, stating, “United States education has already begun to transition from credential-based to skill-based, and robotics is a remarkably efficient arena for students to build STEM skills.” Burns goes on to add, “these kids invest a lot of themselves, their time, and their energy in robotics. It’s essential that they know there are companies out there who back them, support them, and share their ambition.”
ROBOTERRA sees their Global Impact Grants initiative as an opportunity to reflect on their roots, and the core of their company. “There’s nothing more damaging to innovation than the loss of curiosity,” says Burns, “at ROBOTERRA we’re not going to let that happen.”