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UTC Otis Elevator (Platinum and Founding Sponsor)
Farmington High FIRST Robotics, Team 178, is sponsored by Farmington-based Otis Elevator Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. Otis is our Founding Sponsor and has annually funded our competition fees and a significant portion of our build season budget. Otis is the leading manufacturer and servicer of elevators, escalators and shuttle systems worldwide. Otis has installed elevators in some of the world’s most famous structures, including the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, Petronas Twin Towers, Burj Khalifa, CN Tower and the Skylon Tower.
Parker Hannifin Fluid Control Division (Platinum and Veteran Sponsor)
Located in New Britain, CT, Parker Fluid Control Division is a world leader in the creation of solenoid valves that control motion, flow and pressure. In addition to valuable engineering expertise and mentorship, they have provided us with safety equipment and scale-size 3D useful robot models and parts using their 3D printer.
Sikorsky Aircraft (Gold and Veteran Sponsor)
Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced helicopters for commercial, industrial and military uses. Sikorsky’s products have been saving lives since 1944, when a Sikorsky performed the worlds first helicopter rescue mission. The legacy of Igor Sikorsky still leads the helicopter industry, and the Winged-S emblem still signifies the worlds most advanced rotorcraft. Engineers from Sikorsky have been wonderful mentors to our students and provide leadership in our build season process.
Farmington Public Schools (Gold and Veteran Sponsor)
Located in Farmington, CT, Farmington Public Schools is committed to helping all students reach high levels of educational achievement in preparation for productive, rewarding lives and responsible citizenship. Farmington Public Schools graciously allows the use of buildings throughout the district to support robotics for all grade levels, including FLLJr., FLL and FRC. In addition, they support our efforts by providing us with outstanding teacher mentors, computers, and transportation to various competitions and community outreach events.
Travelers (Gold Sponsor)
The Farmington Chamber of Commerce is our town’s local chamber of commerce with over 200 members that strives to create a network of local leaders and to pool the talents, skills, and resources of Farmington to support our town and improve our community.
ebm-papst Inc. (Veteran Sponsor)
ebm-papst Inc. and the Enforcers have had a successful partnership since 2004. Mentors from ebm have guided our student led design process; providing invaluable feedback based on their engineering experience. Students determine what type of CAD files and geometry are needed to effectively produce robot parts off of ebm-papst Inc. “state of the art” equipment. Their mentors help with troubleshooting and working parts to production. ebm-papst Inc. provides materials, shop equipment time, and engineering resources. We especially would like to thank: Bill Aston, Matt Crossman, Dale Watson, and T.J. Swistro for their dedication and continued support.
In the March of 2015, ebm-papst Inc. was selected by the Connecticut Association of Schools as the recipient of their Distinguished Friend of Education Award. They were nominated for this award by Farmington Public Schools. This award is given annually to a business which has made strong contributions to public education. ebm-papst Inc. has been a strong supporter of FIRST programs and a longtime advocate for STEM in New England and beyond. They generously support two FRC teams: ourselves and FRC 2836, Team Beta from Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury CT.
Moreover, ebm-papst Inc. is the world’s leading source for engineered air movement solutions. Every year, they also donates thousands of fans that go inside speed controllers and other components as part of the annual FRC kit of parts to FIRST teams around the world.