Engaging students in math, science and technology is one of the most important factors in creating tomorrow's workforce. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a program that addresses this issue. Through hands-on activities, mentoring, presentations and behind-the-scenes field trips, students discover the world of design and engineering. The students are then challenged to design and fabricate a robot in a six week build season. During that time our team, working with local engineers and machinists, design and fabricates a robot to compete in a robot vs. robot challenge that is every bit as intense and exciting as a traditional sporting event. The Team will present their design to their peers and community in regional competitions around the country, then hopefully, the World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.


FIRST is a not-for-profit organization that designs fun, motivational programs to help young people aged 6-18 discover and develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through challenging robotics competitions. The mission of FIRST is to inspire youth to be science and technology leaders of tomorrow by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build their skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.


FIRST Robotics Team #1592, The Bionic Tigers, will be offered to students from Cocoa High School and Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy as an after-school activity. Participants are typically students in grades 9-12 that have expressed an interest in the program. Most of the students are very dedicated and put in over 200 hours during the build season, excluding school hours, just to get the chance to travel to competitions to see how well they have designed and built their robot. The cost for these competitions runs over $700 per student and there are 40 students.



If you are interested in sponsoring our team, click above. You can easily support students through team sponsorship.


Higher levels of support guarantee special rewards, ranging from a logo on our robot to a big thank you and a shout-out on Facebook.


ALL donations are tax-deductible.


Not all sponsorships have to be monetary. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Provide engineering/technical mentorship, any level of involvement is welcome.

  • Provide non-technical mentorship - such as working with finances, publicity, media and much much more.

  • Provide robot services: machining/welding help.

  • Donate materials e.g. metal, supplies for outreach activities.

    • ​Can't donate, how about a discount?

  • Provide a work or meeting area.

  • Provide storage.

  • Supply a meal or meals, snacks or drinks for the team during January and February.

  • Donate printed t-shirts.

  • Donate a printed banner.

  • Donate a location (even just a parking lot) for a fundraiser or banquet. 

  • Come to competitions to support the team and get the full FIRST experience.

  • Donate old laptops.

  • Donate a speaking engagement - have someone from your company come talk about their job and how science and technology affects their everyday life.

  • Donate photocopying - button designs, flyers, brochures, etc.

  • Help us get in the media.

  • Let us come demonstrate our robot for you.

  • Invite us to tour your facilities: many students have not been exposed to the workplace. Let them see what a machine shop is like; what an office is like; what the manufacturing floor is like.

  • Provide job-shadowing opportunities.

  • Provide internship or job opportunities.

  • Mention sponsored teams in your newsletters or on your website.


ALL donations are tax-deductible.


GOLD - $10,000

  • Logo on robot

  • Logo on banner

  • Listed on T-shirt

SILVER - $1,000

  • Logo on robot

  • Logo on website

  • Listed on T-shirt

BRONZE - $300

  • Listed on T-shirt

  • Shout-out on Facebook

  • A big thank you

FAMILY - $50

  • Shout-out on Facebook

  • A big thank you

FRIEND - $25

  • A big thank you


You can donate to us by contacting Kim Kates, Faculty Advisor. 



Kim Kates, Faculty Advisor

Work:321-632-5300 ext 22137




Build Season! 


The 2020 game is announced! The Bionic Tigers are working hard to construct our robot for FIRST Infinite Recharge. We only have six weeks to perfect a finished robot for competition. We are taking everything that we have learned during the off-season and putting all of that knowledge to work.  


School Liaison Mail:                                                                  Kates.kim@brevardschools.org

Lead Mentor Mail: 


Team Email: 


Lab Phone Number:

         (321) 632-5300 ext. 22040

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