Developing Strong Community Partnerships
Trunk or Treat
This idea came four years ago when our community was asking for more events for youngsters in the fall. We brought the Trunk or Treat idea to Becker by inviting businesses, organizations, and families to decorate the trunks of their vehicles. The event is hosted by our partner Becker Furniture World where kids can the walk the short distance from trunk to trunk getting candy for halloween. Now in our fourth year, this event has grown to over 800 trick or treaters and 27 trunks. In 2018, we started a winter coat drive where participants could donate new or lightly-used coats for us to donate to a local organization. We were able to bring in over 50 coats for former Twin’s great Justin Morneau’s foundation, Winter Warm Up Drive.
Minnesota State Fair
We have been a presenter at the Minnesota State Fair since 2014. Students present on FIRST Robotics, educate the masses, and have sweat along with millions of attendees in this time. At this event we showcase FIRST Robotics through the season’s game. Participating in this event gives our team a chance to show our robot in the daily parade. Doing this promotes STEM to a large Minnesota audinence.
This is a community celebration that happens once a year in which we have participated throughout the history of our team. Every year we decorate a float for the parade and drive a robot to excite the kids. This is purely for our community to show them how thankful we are for there support and to give them a taste of what our teams look like. FRC 4607 also runs events during Freedom Days. We are the host of the Bike Rodeo as well as many other activities.
Sponsor Open House
Since the beginning of 4607 C.I.S. we have had an end of the year celebration after the season is fully complete. This consists of all team members and their families, mentors, coaches, and sponsors coming to the school for a formal presentation. The presentation includes a sum up of the season, senior speeches, and also our team awards which consist of Sponsor of the year, Partner of the year, and Mentor of the year. After the presentation there is cake and the audience can view our Pit, robot, and any awards we have from the year.
4607 participates in this community wide event each year. C.I.S 4607 is a booth exhibitor and presents in front of the community showing all our FIRST program's robots and projects. FRC 4607 also provides an small army of volunteers to set up the event the night before. This event has become a good warm-up for team members before the competition season. They talk with community members, walk around with marketing items, and play with kids in the bouncy houses. The goal of attending this event is to give the public an insight of BeckerFIRST, what 4607 C.I.S. does, our upcoming events, and FIRST Robotics.