The purpose of the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition is to support robotics programs that serve Philadelphia public high school students. Originally conceived and incubated by the Central High School RoboLancers, in 2018 the Coalition launched as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
The hands-on, minds-on STEM challenges that students face in robotics programs assist them in building critical thinking, problem solving, and communications skills. As part of a team, students learn cooperation and dependability. The experiences they have on a robotics team benefit them in their classes and prepare them for college and career.
Over the last decade, other grant and mentorship programs supporting Philadelphia’s high school robotics teams have come and gone. The Coalition seeks to secure a diversified funding base to provide stable funding and support for school robotics programs.
In 2014, a grant program that was the primary support for many FIRST Tech Challenge teams ended that support, causing many of those teams to stop competing. Since 2016, the Coalition has stepped in to restart these dormant teams, start new teams, and provide additional support to veteran teams as well.
The Coalition supports robotics programs serving Philadelphia public high school students. This support comes in three forms:
- The Coalition awards grants to fund teams and pay their coaches.
- The Coalition matches teams with skilled mentors to assist students.
- The Coalition organizes workshops and competitions for the teams.
We are constantly looking for new sponsors and mentors to ensure the vitality of the program for years after its start up. Please contact us if your business or organization is interested in sponsoring the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition or providing mentorship to Philadelphia teams.