Robotics at Kettering University.

FIRST KGMIAA Sponsorships

The Kettering/GMI Alumni Association (KGMIAA) is proud to again sponsor FIRST Robotics teams for the 2022 season.

Thank you to all those who have filled out the FIRST sponsorship application for the 2022 season. This is the fourth year that the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association has been able to offer sponsorship to FIRST Robotics teams. 

2022 Sponsorship Recipients

With the many applications that were submitted, the KGMIAA has selected to award the following sponsorships to 43 teams this 2022 season:

  • $1,000-$2,000 Awards
  • Team 1764 – Liberty Robotics - $2,000
  • Team 360 – The Revolution - $1,000
  • Team 818 – The Steel Armadillos - $1,000
  • Team 1967 – The Janksters - $1,000
  • $500 Awards
  • Team 6381 – Red Raider Robotics - $500
  • Team 5414 – Pearadox - $500
  • Team 910 – The Foley Freeze - $500
  • Team 5811 – BONDS - $500
  • Team 5587 – Titan Robotics - $500
  • Team 8293 – Whitefox Robotics - $500
  • Team 5874 – Tecmilenio – Border Bots - $500
  • Team 1511 – Rolling Thunder - $500
  • Team 33 – Killer Bees - $500
  • Team 302 – The Dragons - $500
  • Team 3414 – Hackbots - $500
  • Team 5493 – SMAbotics AG - $500
  • Team 3655 – Tractor Technicians - $500
  • $250 Awards
  • Team 5090 – TorqueNados - $250
  • Team 4099 – The Falcons - $250
  • Team 5472 – Stallion Robotics: The Wyld Stallyns - $250
  • Team 8558 - Tecmilenio – Digital Golden Hawks - $250
  • Team 449 – The Blair Robot Project - $250
  • Team 1322 – GRAYT - $250 • Team 3373 – Team RoboHawk - $250
  • Team 3452 – GreengineerZ - $250
  • Team 1025 – IMPI Robotics - $250
  • Team 4362 – CSPA Gems - $250
  • Team 7226 – Waverly Robotics - $250
  • Team 5907 – CC SHambots - $250
  • Team 7195 – Portland Raiders - $250
  • Team 6098 – blrobot - $250
  • Team 7250 – OsCODEa 0w|5 - $250
  • Team 3572 – Wavelength - $250
  • Team 2960 – Automation Nation - $250
  • Team 7823 – Double Negative - $250
  • Team 5498 – The Wired Devils - $250
  • Team 5577 – Kinematic Wolves - $250
  • Team 4855 – Ramageddon - $250
  • Team 4390 – ATA Coregears - $250
  • Team 7289 – Blue Eagles - $250
  • Team 247 – Da Bears - $250
  • Team 5144 – Titanium Tigers 5144 - $250
  • Team 2137 – The Oxford RoboCats - $250

$2,000 Sponsorship Winning Essay - Team 1764 Liberty Robotics

"I am going to base this essay on personal experience. My name is Thomas Jayroe and right now I am a junior at Liberty High School. I moved to Missouri during the summer of my sophomore year, while the pandemic was going on. I had previously done robotics at my old school, so when school started, I knew I wanted to join the team here. I had talked to my PLTW teacher (who was a previous coach of the team) and he helped me get started/connected with the team.

Around the third week of school, I showed up at one of the meetings just to check it out. I instantly fell in love with the program they had going on. I joined the team right then and I started going to all the meetings I could, including the virtual ones. However, I had quickly noticed that the team was a lot smaller than my last and didn't have as nice of stuff. This made me think that the team was going to be worse in some way. But I soon came to realize that all the stuff I thought was bad about this was actually what made them so good. When I was a part of my last team I had to do a lot of work like cleaning and organizing files because they had too many people with too few jobs. I didn't feel like I was ever really making a difference or really helping the team.

For example, only some seniors and mentors got to work on the creation/building of the robot. The most I ever got to do on the team was learning how to use a mill. The worst part is I never realized how little I got to do until I joined my new team. From the moment I joined my new team, I was instantly put on a job far more advanced than anything I had previously done. As the year progressed I got to learn and do so many new things, some of which I had no clue even existed. I got to learn all about the different machines in the shop, how to use them, how to use all of the different types of tools, how to stay safe while building the robot, what all the different things we use on the robot are (like pieces and such), how to CAD, how to do electrical/pneumatics, how to present to judges (which I got to do), and best of all I got to meet and become friends with an amazing group of people that I will forever consider my family. This is why I believe that my team is deserving of this sponsorship."

The Alumni Association believes in the power of FIRST Robotics. A gift will give an aspiring team additional resources they need.