$2,000 Sponsorship Winning Essay - Team 1764 Liberty Robotics
"I am going to base this essay on personal experience. My name is Thomas Jayroe and right now I am a junior at Liberty High School. I moved to Missouri during the summer of my sophomore year, while the pandemic was going on. I had previously done robotics at my old school, so when school started, I knew I wanted to join the team here. I had talked to my PLTW teacher (who was a previous coach of the team) and he helped me get started/connected with the team.
Around the third week of school, I showed up at one of the meetings just to check it out. I instantly fell in love with the program they had going on. I joined the team right then and I started going to all the meetings I could, including the virtual ones. However, I had quickly noticed that the team was a lot smaller than my last and didn't have as nice of stuff. This made me think that the team was going to be worse in some way. But I soon came to realize that all the stuff I thought was bad about this was actually what made them so good. When I was a part of my last team I had to do a lot of work like cleaning and organizing files because they had too many people with too few jobs. I didn't feel like I was ever really making a difference or really helping the team.
For example, only some seniors and mentors got to work on the creation/building of the robot. The most I ever got to do on the team was learning how to use a mill. The worst part is I never realized how little I got to do until I joined my new team. From the moment I joined my new team, I was instantly put on a job far more advanced than anything I had previously done. As the year progressed I got to learn and do so many new things, some of which I had no clue even existed. I got to learn all about the different machines in the shop, how to use them, how to use all of the different types of tools, how to stay safe while building the robot, what all the different things we use on the robot are (like pieces and such), how to CAD, how to do electrical/pneumatics, how to present to judges (which I got to do), and best of all I got to meet and become friends with an amazing group of people that I will forever consider my family. This is why I believe that my team is deserving of this sponsorship."