As a 501(c)(3) public charity, we rely completely on the generous support of our sponsors. There are four ways you can support us as listed below:
All ASSiST teams are community based and must raise their own funds. The team budget for a season varies depending on the FIRST Robotics program level and how far the team advances during the season. Expenses include the supplies for building the robot for the season, team branding (i.e.: shirts, pits,..), and travel expenses.
1 - Support a FIRST Robotics Team
FIRST Tech Challenge - grades 7-12 $5000 - $15,000
FIRST Lego League- grades 4-8. avg: $1500-$2500
2- Contribute Toward General Administration Expenses
Every organization has administrative costs including paper, printer ink, copying, postage, etc. So far, these costs have been personally absorbed by the board members. In order to grow, ASSiST needs an income stream to cover these basic costs.
paper: $200 +
ink cartridges: $500 +
postage: $200 +
web hosting $200 +
volunteer expense reimbursement: $1000 +
3- Sponsor Our Ongoing Outreach to the Community
Throughout the year, member teams spread out through our communities conducting a variety of workshops and public events to spread STEM awareness and interest to students, parents, industry, and government representatives. Because ASSiST has no assets dedicated to outreach efforts, teams must use their competition robots, spare parts, and personally owned laptops. The ASSiST Board has a goal to raise funds for equipment that can be dedicated to public outreach.
Goals for outreach equipment:
5 laptops: $1200+ /ea.
5 robot kits: $2000+ /ea.
5 Arduino kits: $150+ /ea.
ASSiST began with one FIRST Tech Challenge team operated from a garage with five high school boys, but has continued to expand each year. With additional resources, ASSiST could reach even out further bringing 21st century STEM skills to even more students. Help us dream big!
4- Help Us Dream Big
Year Students Mentors
1 5 2
2 28 10
3 66 23
Add 2 new teams each year
Reach out to communities that have limited opportunities
Establish a community based non-profit makerspace