If you’re a FIRST Robotics Competition team, then this page is for you!

First off, thank you for visiting our website to find out more about this initiative! As a brief summary, Mission to Engineer is our newest approach to connect FIRST Robotics teams with physically disabled people all around the country, allowing for hands-on learning experiences and cost-effective assistive technology. Physically disabled people we generally help include anyone with a physical condition requiring the modification or creation of any device, piece of equipment or system that helps that person work around challenges so they can learn, communicate or simply function better. This includes prosthesis, therapeutic devices, communication, mobility devices, etc. The reason we’re reaching out to teams like yours is because we can’t do this alone. To help as many people as possible, we need eager robotics students worldwide to share their skills. Before you select our form to Become a Maker, here are some common questions answered on what Mission to Engineer is and what we do. 

 

What do teams need to do to become a part of Mission to Engineer?

Any FIRST Robotics Competition team can become a certified ATMaker by filling out the Become a Maker form. Being a part of FIRST Robotics already informs us of everything we need to know; you have dedicated students that are eager to advance their knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math and are motivated to help your community!

 

What are teams expected to do when they sign up?

As soon as your team fills out the form, you will receive a confirmation email from Mission to Engineer within the next few days. This email will inform your team about your application status and your next steps. Once you receive that email, our communications team will begin searching for physically disabled people near you. During this time, your team can continue working on your robot or raise funds for upcoming competitions. Our objective is to make this process as easy as possible for you and your team and always remember that teams are extremely busy. We will take care of setting your team up with a person in need of AT and while we do that, your team doesn’t need to do anything. As soon as we find somebody near you, we will send an email explaining the diagnosis of that person and projects you would need to do for them. If you are still interested in helping afterwards, we will put your team in touch with the person in need. Throughout the entire process we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. We can always be contacted at: missiontoengineer@gmail.com

 

Why do we need Mission to Engineer?

For the past few decades, electronic prices have consistently fallen as computer components and their manufacturing processes have become more refined due to Moore’s Law. Despite this, assistive technology has remained costly due to how custom each product must be. There simply wasn’t a way to make custom parts any cheaper.

Due to this, communities all around the world are unable to receive the help they deserve. The supply simply has not been keeping up with the demand. On the other hand, in education, many educators and students have been calling for more hands-on approaches to learning. Mission to Engineer establishes a way to connect people with mutually beneficial needs. Educators and students need hands-on projects and physically disabled people need custom parts to be fabricated.