Our sponsors are absolutely crucial to the success of our team. Each company we partner with provides us with tremendous support in the form of donations or parts. Many of our team mentors are from these companies. Also, our sponsors often provide us with unique opportunities to learn how our skills from robotics can be applied in the real world. In the past, we have attended the Intuitive Surgical Open House and directed the surgical robots, and have also attended the Abbott Tech Expo where we received a tour of the stent labs. Some of our members have also gone to manufacturing sponsors to learn more about the manufacturing process and to better understand how we can better account for manufacturing capabilities in our designs. We are extremely appreciative of our sponsors, and do our best to promote their companies in return on our robots and team apparel.
Our financial sponsors are listed below. We also have manufacturing sponsors who are equally important for our success. Without their help, we would be unable to build the caliber of robots that we do. They are described in more detail on their own page.
NASA is one of our most generous sponsors, and a strong supporter of FIRST, supplying us with a significant portion of our registration costs, in addition to a generous monetary grant for use on the robot.
Google is one of our main monetary sponsors who has provided us with grants over the years which help us maintain our team.
Abbott Fund was one of the first corporate sponsors of our team. They have provided us with grants for years in a show of continuing support of our team.
NVIDIA joined us in 2015. NVIDIA has pioneered visual computing—the art and science of computer graphics—for more than 20 years. Today, the GPU they invented drives video games, movie production, product design, medical diagnosis, scientific research, and more.
SolidWorks generously donates student licenses so that we can design our robot in CAD. This is an essential part of our robot design and is part of what makes the team such a success.
The Linley Group has been a generous sponsor of the team for many years.
The Mountain View High School PTSA has generously supported our team over the years.
The Brin Wojcicki Foundation is an amazing supporter of the FIRST program. Their generous grants support many teams like ours in California.
Intuitive is also one of our long term continuing sponsors, providing us with monetary support as well as opportunities to interact with their robotics programs.
Lockheed Martin joined us for the 2018 season. We are honored and pleased to have them on the team.
Westcoast Products has been a long time supporter of the team. Not only are they a great supplier of FIRST robotics parts, they are our partner in making 971 designed parts available to the wider FIRST community.
Automation Direct joined us for the 2018 season. They are an awesome supplier of parts for FRC robots.
Markforged joined us for the 2018 season. Because of their sponsorship we have been able to expand our 3D printing capabilities.
Zume Pizza joined us for the 2018 season. They are a local Mountain View company that makes pizzas with robots!
Los Altos Robotics is a community based organization that is committed to providing robotics opportunities to the greater Los Altos area. Team 971 is also proud to be part of their board.
All Premium has been our source for team t-shirts for many years. They graciously work with us on often tight deadlines and provide us with quality t-shirts. They make us look good!
MVHS provides us with our workspace and has been extremely supportive of us over the years. The school and district administration have given us support and encouragement that allows us continue to grow and florish as a team. In 2013 the school moved us into a larger lab facility and has helped us provide a richer program for the students on the team.