Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

FIRST Robotics

What we represent:

FIRST, which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest in STEM activities. FIRST designs programs that are accessible and for all ages. These programs include FIRST Lego League Jr. (K-4), FIRST Lego League (4-8), FIRST Tech Challenge (7-12), and finally the FIRST Robotics Competition (9-12). The competition that team 6465 or Mystic Biscuit is competing in is the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Cascades Academy’s FIRST Team 6465 was created in 2017 by science teacher Paul Snape. 6465, better known as Mystic Biscuit, had 24 members in 2017. Mystic Biscuit offers the FIRST robotics program to grades 7th-12th. Our team has 2 mentors, Scott Lindbloom and Lisa Somogyi. Scott Lindbloom is a manufacturing engineer. Lisa Somogyi is a design engineer. They both help our team with building the robot. Lisa is working on setting up a CAD program at Cascades Academy and teaching our team how to use it. Scott helps Mystic Biscuit construct their robots by using his knowledge to help make mechanisms and solve problems we encounter. Mystic Biscuit receives tremendous amounts of support from Cascades Academy and is hoping to continue the program for many years to come.

Since its creation, the Mystic Biscuit has grown to near 24 members and 3 mentors. Since their first year we have gained a third mentor, Dan Cartmell, a retired Boeing engineer. The goal of the mentors on the Mystic Biscuit team is to help but not to take over. The mentors should help us but they leave the design, construction, and overall planning to us.

Through the program students are able to:

Through the FIRST program students are able to become interested in STEM and gain experience solving problems creatively. High school students are able to work around mechanical and electrical engineering. FIRST also offers opportunities for high school students to apply for college scholarships. The robotics program helps students get interested in STEM fields which includes coding and engineering. High schoolers are able to grow a lot through their work in these areas.

2018 Season Photos & Videos

Team Organization:

Our team is 25 students strong and is growing as more kids gain interest and more arrive at our school. Mystic Biscuit has 3 mentors and 1 head coach. Through the growth of our school we will be gaining more mentors as well as student participants.

Team Outreach and Impact:

Throughout the events below we'll be spreading the word of our robotics team and talking to families and children about our team and what we do. We want to spread knowledge of the FIRST program and the opportunities it presents. We want to help younger generations get into and like something that we are extremely passionate about.

  • Booth at Mini Pole Pedal Paddle May 20th at the Les Schwab Amphitheater at the Old Mill
  • Booth at Summerfest July 14 and 15 at Oregon Street between Bond & Lava
  • Booth at Northwest Crossing Farmers Market July 21

Our Expenses:

Budget

Cost

Competition registration fees

$10,866

Competition Travel and Housing

$10,000

Materials for the season

$3,350

Tools and Machines

$2,000

Coach Stipend

$1,500

Team Uniforms

$600

Sponsor and Mentor Gifts

$150

Competition Giveaways

$150

Total Annual Expenses

$28,616

Why Sponsor?

Our team is reaching out to you so you can help provide us the resources to inspire students in STEM fields. The FIRST program is set on motivating and inspiring kids to pursue careers in STEM fields and to help nurture creative problem solvers for the future. By supporting our program you are helping get the future generation interested in science, engineering, and in return, your company will receive benefits such as logo recognition and social media exposure.

Sponsor Benefits

  • Platinum Sponsor

    • Sponsor amount $5,000+
    • Large logo on Robot
    • Team T-Shirt: Medium logo on team t-shirt (Shown at all competitions)
    • Large logo on sponsors banner (Shown at all competitions)
    • Website: Large logo with link to sponsor’s website
    • If sponsor has an Instagram, they will be mentioned in all our posts
  • Diamond Sponsor

    • Sponsor amount $2,500
    • Medium sized logo on Robot
    • Team T-Shirt: Small logo on team t-shirt (Shown at all competitions)
    • Medium sized logo on sponsors banner (Shown at all competitions)
    • Website: Large Logo shown but without link to sponsor’s website.
    • If sponsor has an Instagram, they will be mentioned in all our posts
  • Gold Sponsor

    • Sponsor amount $1,000
    • Team T-Shirt: Small sized logo (Shown at all competitions)
    • Small sized logo on sponsors banner (Shown at all competitions)
    • Website: Medium logo shown but with link to sponsor’s website
  • Silver Sponsor

    • Sponsor amount $500
    • Team T-Shirt: Small sized logo (Shown at all competitions)
    • Small sized logo on sponsors banner (Shown at all competitions)
    • Website: Small logo shown but without link to sponsor’s website
  • Bronze Sponsor

    • Sponsor amount $250
    • Website: Small logo shown but without link to sponsor’s website

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