Developing Strong Community Partnerships
From its inception the team has had to rely on the Becker Community for support. Founding Coaches Mark Kolbinger and Alex Jurek leaned on the local community leaders for financial support as the school district was not ready to support another extra-curricular activity in our small town. Realizing the impact that this type of program could have on our community, a number of industry partners signed on to help create FRC 4607 in 2012. Since then, C.I.S. has been a strong force in many of our local events including Palmer Day, Becker Freedom Days, Becker Winter Freedom Days, and the Becker Business Expo.
We are proud to retain most of our charter sponsors including Liberty Paper, Sherburne State Bank, Vern Jurek/Jurek Brothers Construction, and Darter Plastics. Speaking of Darter Plastics, they now proudly display our 4607 HEX on their silo that sits along US Highway 10 - above their own logo! FRC 4607 is now proud to boast over 50 sponsors for our program in 2020 - twice as many as in 2019!
But it is not just receiving funds from these incredible partners, FRC 4607 has created many new traditions in Becker - the most prolific being our annual Halloween event, Trunk-or-Treat. Originally hosted by 4607 at Becker Furniture World, this event has grown into a full on community affair with three other events on the same day with the capstone now an affair at Faith Lutheran that includes family friendly events such as a haunted hayride, games, a bonfire, all capped off with FRC 4607’s Trunk or Treat that attracted over 850 attendees in 2019!
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 Faith Lutheran Church in Becker where kids can the walk the short distance from trunk to trunk getting candy for halloween. Now in our fifth 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.
Becker Freedom Days
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.
Becker Business Expo
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.