Since 2000, SVRTC’s Senior Technology Engineer, Bill Wilson, has provided consulting, programming sessions, and traveled to divisions and competitions for FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) events. FIRST Robotics is an international non-profit mentoring organization that promotes a vision for students to become leaders in science and technology. Most recently, SVRTC partnered with Mid-Atlantic Broadband Corporation (MBC) to support robotics in southside Virginia. Through this partnership, MBC was able to establish funding for new SVRTC teams and helped form the Southern Virginia Robotics (SOVAR). SOVAR is an alliance of FIRST robotics teams across Southern Virginia. The goals of the alliance are to share resources, build camaraderie, and encourage the growth of K-12 robotics programs in our region.
The partnership for the 2017-18 year, SVRTC was able to provide mentoring support to FIRST Robotics teams within the counties of Amelia, Campbell, Cumberland, Danville, Halifax, Martinsville, Mecklenburg, Lunenburg, Pittsylvania, Surry and Sussex. MBC provided funding to all teams within the SVRTC consortium.