To the Honorable ________:

On behalf of the FIRST Robotics Competition, we, the Wheeler High School CircuitRunners FRC team number 1002, graciously invite you to take the opportunity to experience the efforts of many Georgia high school students in the field of robotics. There will be two chances to do so here in Georgia: the Peachtree Regional held at the Gwinnett Civic Center on March 13th and 14th and the Championships held at the Georgia Dome of April 17th and 18th.

Before you attend either one of these competitions, you should know about the FIRST program works. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by the world-renowned engineer Dean Kamen as a way to get the youth in our media-obsessed culture to look towards the future into careers in engineering and science. Competing in the FRC (FIRST Robotics Challenge) involves high school teams fabricating a robot in a 6-week deadline to complete certain tasks given every year. The teams have to follow specific guidelines in design, from weight to cost. The competition system requires students to compete with other high schools on an alliance against an opposing alliance. With the alliances always changing, they replace the toxic competitive attitude with an attitude of “coopertition”. There are other competitions that FIRST have, like the Junior FIRST Lego League for beginning students, the FIRST Lego League for elementary and middle school students, and the FIRST Tech Challenge for high school teams starting small. These competitions, that span the entire K-12 system, truly open the door for the future engineers and scientists to compete, learn, and grow.

FIRST has been the founding point of Wheeler High School and Wheeler Magnet High School for the last 9 years, with 3 consecutive Regional Chairman’s Awards, the highest honor a FIRST team can have, a ranking as one of the high schools with the most robotics awards in Atlanta Magazine two years (2007 & 2008), and a ranking as one of the top 50 teams in the world. Going into this year’s competition, FIRST founder Dean Kamen has made it clear that we must, through this rough economy and period of apathy towards science and engineering, make it clear that the topics of science and engineering are vital in the politics, economy, and world of tomorrow. To achieve this goal, we have taken it upon ourselves to contact your office in hopes that you would be available to celebrate the excitement of the FIRST program.

If you are interested in joining us at either of these events, please contact us at circuitrunners@gmail.com, or to contact personally, please speak to either David Platt at 770-578-3266 (email david.platt@cobbk12.org) , James Rundquist at 404-277-0774(email james.k.rundquist@gmail.com), or Kyle Fender at 678-467-6670 (email kyle_fender@gmx.com). We would really enjoy having you there, and we would be honored to provide you with tours and answers to any inquiries during the competition.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

The Wheeler High School CircuitRunners