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  • Portsmouth Robotics Team Requires an Assist -- Do it for the Robots

    The following was sent to the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth and we agreed the cause was great (robots and kids!), and that we'd like to share it with the membership. For further information, please email thewireclippers5902@gmail.com and visit wireclippers.org (this is a brand site the kids created this year since they were not able to access their old site owned by New Heights.)


    Thank you for your interest in The Wire Clippers Robotics team! We appreciate the time you are taking to learn more about our program.

    We are The Wire Clippers, the Portsmouth High School’s robotics team. The team is part of a larger organization called FIRST, which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” and was created by Dean Kamen thirty years ago. We are a fairly new team having only existed for 5 years. However, this year we found our team’s existence was threatened, when one of our main parent organizations, New Heights (a Portsmouth Nonprofit) had to close its doors. We are rebuilding the team in cooperation with the school and other sponsors, and we would love your help!

    What does a robotics team do? At the start of the FIRST robotics season teams are presented with an array of challenges that they are tasked with building a robot to complete. Teams have around six weeks from the release of the challenge to construct a robot. While this is “build season”, we also meet preseason and post season for community outreach, mentoring Lego Robotics teams, and team training. And fun, we have lots of fun.
    The competitions mirror those of sporting events with their high energy and large fan turnouts but diverge with the spirits of community and actively trying to have every team compete at their best. The winning team gains Rank points that up their standings in a global leaderboard, advancing them into further competitions.

    Our team doesn’t only compete through the performance of our robot, we also compete for numerous awards that recognize excellence in outreach, community service, entrepreneurship, safety, and spirit. This season our team made it to the semi-finals and won awards in entrepreneurship, safety, and spirit.

    2016 Team members/ 2019 Team members
    13 Students/ 23 Students
    9 Boys/ 16 Boys
    4 Girls/ 7 Girls
    2 Seniors/ 7 Seniors
    2 Juniors/ 4 Juniors
    3 Sophomores/ 6 Sophomores
    6 Freshmen/ 6 Freshmen

    As a team, we aim to keep learning and growing. Our team is a white glove team, meaning mentors are there to help but purely hands-off, and everything involving the robot, fundraising, money management, awards, programming, and electrical, are all student driven.

    To achieve this, we have 4 students working in tandem as captains of their respective subgroups to help manage the team.

    With the closing of New Heights and transitioning into the High School we really need community support. Since we are a business, we have to pay for all our materials and to participate in competitions.

    We have to raise every dollar we spend. The best way for us to do that is by fundraising and finding sponsors.

    Some of our sponsors choose to contribute other things, such as mentors and materials. Mentors usually use their previous expertise in areas of our team and act as amazing assets from which to learn. This year are especially looking for programmers, and women in STEM and business fields. Materials that aid in the construction of our robot or space help to directly build our team.
    Last year our team spent approximately $19,600 (not including New Heights labor/fees).

    Team Registration $6,000
    Competition Costs $2,000
    Robot Materials $4,000
    Tools $3,000
    Control System $1,000
    General Materials $2,000
    General Team Spending $500
    Transport $500
    Food $600

    Consider Sponsorship:
    Our funds come from tuition, grants, fundraising activities, and sponsors. We need more sponsors in order to support this build season and the continuation of the team. It costs approximately $20,000 to pay for the materials to build the robot, entry fees to the NE FIRST District Events, and sustain critical team functions.

    Our sponsors’ logos and names are proudly displayed on our website, team t-shirts, and in any press about our team. With this our team also has the opportunity to do outreach with different programs, in past years we have helped organize and mentor FLL and FLL Jr teams through a local nonprofit New Heights. Sadly, New Heights has closed its doors and we are looking for new ways to help continue our love of STEM community outreach.

    Our sponsors are not only getting brand recognition but also get the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping to shape the next generation of CEOs, engineers, programmers, scientists, and leaders. We are the kids that will change the world and we will do it with the skills we are learning now.

    Sponsors are always welcome to reach out to us and set up a tour of our workspace and get an in person look at the progress we are making with one of our team members as your guide.
    This year we are excited to introduce sponsorship levels with perks based on how much the company donated.
    < $100 Ally:
    • Updates on team progress
    • Name on our website
    $100 - $499 Booster:
    • The previous, plus
    • Team Sponsor T-shirt and sticker
    $500 - $999 Supporter:
    • The previous, plus
    • Your name on our Sponsor T-shirts, team T-shirts
    $1,000 - $2,999 Pillar:
    • The previous, plus
    • Your logo and/or name on our robot, website, supporter T-shirts and team T-shirts.
    • Team Sponsor T-shirt and sticker
    • Team Member T-shirt with your choice of name on the back
    $3,000+ Patron:
    • The previous, plus
    • Your logo and/or name on our robot, website, supporter T-shirts, and team T-shirts (larger logo)
    • Team visit to your company, robot demonstration
    Sponsorship Application
    (optional)
    If you have your own form or letter you wish to use, we are glad to accept any contributions you are able to donate.

    Please remit all donations and completed forms to:

    Portsmouth High School
    Attn: Beth Harriman
    50 Andrew Jarvis Drive Portsmouth NH, 03801
    Name or company name: __________________________________________________________
    Name or company name as you wish displayed ________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________________________
    Email _________________________________________________________________________
    Phone number___________________________________________________________________
    City _______________________________ State _______________ Zip ________________
     < $100 Ally:
    • Updates on team progress
    • Name on our website
     $100 - $499 Booster:
    • The previous, plus
    • Team Sponsor T-shirt and sticker
     $500 - $999 Supporter:
    • The previous, plus
    • Your name on our Sponsor T-shirts, team T-shirts
     $1,000 - $2,999 Pillar:
    • The previous, plus
    • Your logo and/or name on our robot, website, supporter T-shirts and team T-shirts.
    • Team Sponsor T-shirt and sticker
    • Team Member T-shirt with your choice of name on the back
     $3,000+ Patron:
    • The previous, plus your logo and/or name on our robot, website, Sponsor T-shirts, and team T-shirts (larger logo)
    • Team visit to your company, robot demonstration
    Please remit any electronic files to thewireclippers5902@gmail.com