This year’s 2020 Sponsor Night was a smashing success! Representatives from our sponsors such as Johnson & Johnson, Nordson, Church & Dwight, along with the Superintendent and Principal of Allentown High School attended. We were excited to also host the Mayor of Allentown, the Mayor of the Upper Freehold Township, and many of our team member’s parents.
The night started with food for attendees which were thoughtfully donated by many of our parents. Afterward, sponsors and guests were shown a few presentations by our Leadership Team which explained what students have been working on this season, along with the CAD for each subteam. Sponsors that came were all given gifts that contained a thank-you letter, a custom Redbird Robotics bottle, and a plaque of recognition for their continuous support of our team.
After the presentations, each of the leaders presented their prototypes and ran demos using prototypes that they had created. One student leader, RJ McLaughlin said that “It was an inspirational experience being able to present information to such knowledgeable people…it was a great experience.” By the end of the day, the attendees were given tours of our workshop and saw many of our behind the scenes works.
Following the event, one of our Sponsors from Johnson & Johnson, Deborah Berrien, told us “I was extremely impressed by the presentations delivered at Sponsor Night. It is amazing to see what the sub-teams are working on, their creative design ideas and execution of the design, and the amount of progress that has been made in such a small period of time. Team 1807 epitomizes the values and mission of FIRST robotics and I couldn’t be more proud and honored to be a sponsor.” Next year, we tentatively expect Sponsor Night to be on February 5, 2021.