Our Story

Team 399 originated in 1999 with 22 students, 9 mentors, and 1 advisor. Dr. Marianne McCarthy from NASA Dryden approached Lancaster High in hopes of creating the first Robotics team in the Antelope Valley. Now 16 years later, our team consists of 75 students, 15 mentors, and 2 advisors. Team 399 has built a legacy that will continue to span generations. The hands-on experience with science and technology, as well as with business and multimedia, fulfill students’ interests in a way not found in a conventional classroom setting. For 15 years Eagle Robotics members have found a home with FIRST, whose ideals have inspired our community, fostered an important interest in STEM in our youth, and become role models for other FIRST teams.


Financial Plan

Budgeting

It is very important for Eagle Robotics to be financially sound to continue our operations as a FIRST Team and community leader. In the fall before the upcoming season our leadership team meets and drafts a budget to reflect our anticipated expenses based on the previous year’s expenses adjusted for inflation. Money is needed for robot materials, travel expenses, event registration, and RoboProm.

 

Sponsorship Program

The support of the business community to the members of this program is the backbone of the Eagle Program. All donations of funds, merchandise, and time will make it possible for the team to succeed. We encourage you to join the team and support us by becoming a sponsor.

Please Review our sponsorship benefits program.

 

Eaglet Sponsor $100 to $499

  • Business name will be listed on webpage

  • Invitation/acknowledgement at Robot Roll-out

 

Eagle Sponsor $500 to $999

  • Business name will be listed on webpage

  • Invitation/acknowledgement at Robot Roll-out

  • Certificate of Appreciation

 

Bald Eagle Sponsor $1000 to $2999

  • Business name will be listed on webpage with link to your site

  • Invitation/acknowledgement at Robot Roll-out

  • Certificate of Appreciation and 8x10 Team Photo signed by students

  • Sponsor Gift Bag

  • Sticker/name of your company on the robot

 

Golden Eagle Sponsor $3000 and up

  • Business name will be listed on webpage with link to your site

  • Invitation/acknowledgement at Robot Roll-out

  • Certificate of Appreciation and 8x10 Team Photo signed by students

  • Sponsor Gift Bag

  • Sticker/name of your company on the robot

  • Company logo on team pit banner

 

Success Measures

     Each year as our reach expands farther and farther, we always continue our annual tradition of learning, building, competing, and succeeding throughout the preseason, build season, competition season and beyond with our team here at Lancaster High School. Success is achieved when each student on our team is getting a STEM inspired, fun, educational experience out of every charity, robotic, or team building event that our team hosts and participates in throughout the year. For Team 399, success is much more than having a winning season. Our goal is to give each individual student an incredibly fun learning experience through the practice of spreading STEM, and in turn, leaving a long-lasting impact on our community, our school, and the futures of our bright students.     

FIRST Information

What is FIRST?

     FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization founded by inventor, Dean Kamen, to inspire a passion for science and technology in young people. Kamen, the inventor of the first portable insulin pump, Segway, and owner of over 440 national and international patents began FIRST “to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”

     Each year, FIRST hosts robotics competitions that encourage students, as young as five, to use science, engineering, and technology to build and program robots that can engage in competition against other robots from around the world. These students, along with the help of mentors, gain mastery in science, mathematics, technology, engineering, and even business-related skills.

What is FRC?

     The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is known as “the varsity sport of the mind”. FRC is the most intense of the FIRST programs, requiring students to build and program robots under strict rules, limited resources, and specific time limits. These robots are required to perform certain tasks while competing against other robots from different teams.

     In addition to the challenge of building a fully functional robot in just six weeks, students are also challenged to develop a well-rounded team that can raise the funds necessary to participate. Students do not work alone, however. FRC is a competitive sport but it is also an opportunity for students to learn “real world” engineering skills and prepare themselves to be leaders.


Thank You!

 

Thank you for taking the time to review our application. We are proud of all the hard work and effort our members put into the team and with the help from our sponsors, advisors, mentors, and community we can continue to grow together as a team and as responsible individuals.

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