For many FRC teams, spreading the message of FIRST can be difficult. Because we often teach large numbers at once, we find that many times none of our information has registered with the audience; therefore, all of our hard work has gone to waste. We are not remembered, much less supported.
FIRST Team 1885 came up with a simple solution to take away the intimidation of asking for community support. Because our younger supporters are unable to make certain transactions to help fund our team, our proposed alternative is having them sign a card showing their support.
We call our idea the FIRST Campaign. Started in 2011, ILITE has already collected over 7,000 signatures of persons who “support FIRST Team 1885, ILITE Robotics.” We are excited to have so many people encouraging us to become a better robotics team.