Marketing, Fundraising, and Other Resources
FTC teams are encouraged to generate interest and support within their local communities.
FTC teams are encouraged to do outreach and marketing to their community. By having a team with the FIRST Tech Challenge program, you have the ability to use FIRST Marketing Tools. Teams can use the FIRST/FTC logos, pictures, videos, and trademarks on any printed or web based materials. Also, teams can also download and print promotional fliers, brochures and presentations. Please review the FIRST Trademark Policy before using the logos.
Fundraising is an important step for having a successful FTC team. There are many resources (community-based, state-wide, or national) which teams can investigate.
- Community Based: An example of a community-based fundraising technique is to apply for grants through community foundations.
- FIRST Resources: FIRST e-watt Saver Program! As Dean Kamen says, the Girl Scouts have the cookies, so the FIRST students will have light bulbs! These awesome LED light bulbs have a life-expectancy of 10,000 hours! FIRST has put together a marketing package, for teams, to help sell some bulbs. For more information, check out the FIRST Website.
FTC teams need to "Generate Buzz" for their communities. There are many ways for teams to "Generate Buzz", and after a simple internet search, the team will have many ideas. Please keep in mind, there are no wrong or right ways to do this. Just spread the word about FTC and its impact.A fundraiser example would be to host a 1-day workshop for students of your community. Invite young students, maybe the middle school level, and give them an experience of building a basic robot. Participants can build the robot TETRIX Getting Started Guide or the ORTOP TETRIX Try-It Construction Set. Also, if there is a minimal registration fee, say $10 or $20, this would be a great fundraising tool for the FTC team! The possibilities are endless.