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.
The partnership for the 2016-17 year, SVRTC was able to provide mentoring support to FIRST Robotics teams within the counties of Amelia, Cumberland, Danville, Halifax, Martinsville, Mecklenburg, Lunenburg, Pittsylvania, and Sussex. MBC provided funding to all teams within the SVRTC consortium.
Pictures of SVRTC’s support for FIRST Robotics in southside Virginia can be found in, Robotics Gallery.