Each year our team, Northern Force Team 172, relies on contributions and sponsorships to help defray the many costs associated with maintaining the team and participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition. This past year, 2015, we were the winner of the Engineering Inspiration Award at the Northeastern District event, ranked 3rd in the same competition, and moved on to the World Championship in St. Louis. The success that we have achieved would not be possible without the generous donations from our sponsors.
A big thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors, we greatly appreciate your sponsorship this season and hope you are with us in the future!
All sponsor descriptions were taken off each of their respective websites.
Our focus on building a better future is ingrained in everything we do, from responsible semiconductor manufacturing, to employee care and active involvement with the communities we live in.
Einstein Level Sponsor ($1500+ contribution)
|Lanco Integrated is the leading manufacturer of components for production automation and a builder of flexible turnkey assembly systems. Lanco Integrated has extensive experience in both the construction of special-purpose equipment and the integration of industrial robots and other commercially available automation products. Team 172, Northern Force, gives its thanks to Lanco Integrated for lending us their workspace for the designing, programming, and construction of our robot in addition to the many resources they are willing to donate and lend to us each year.|
|Adobe is the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. Our tools and services enable our customers to create groundbreaking digital content, deploy it across media and devices, measure and optimize it over time, and achieve greater business success. We help our customers make, manage, measure and monetize their digital content across every channel and screen.|
|BON-TON Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. consistently offers a wide selection of unique and limited-distribution merchandise and competitively priced national and private brands tailored to the lifestyle needs of our customer. We provide our customer with an innovative and convenient shopping environment, attended by friendly and knowledgeable associates. Our website reaches out to all of our customers and allows us to serve markets that extend well beyond the geographical boundaries of our stores.|
|Falmouth High School is a public high school located in the town of Falmouth, Maine. The school serves roughly 720 students in grades 9–12. Falmouth High School is a member of the FIRST Robotics Team 172, Northern Force, along with Gorham High School.|
IDEXX Laboratories is the global market leader in diagnostics and information technology solutions for animal health, including water and milk quality. IDEXX Laboratories is headquartered in Maine where it employs over 4,700 people in more than 60 locations around the world. Team 172, Northern Force, gives its thanks to IDEXX Laboratories for donating money and its resources in addition to lending us their highly capable and experienced engineers and programmers and work space.
|Procter & Gamble is a leading provider of branded products and services of superior quality and value that improve the lives of the world’s consumers. Their wish is that as a result, consumers will give back leadership sales, profit and value creation, allowing their shareholders and the communities in which they live in work and prosper.|
|North Cross Group — Since 2006, Northcross Group has been empowering its clients to use technology to improve operations, expand market positions, and increase revenues. NCG consultants have decades of experience and achieve tangible results using a collaborative and responsive approach to problem-solving.|
|Robotics Institute of Maine Our mission is to inspire youth to gain a new perspective on science and technology by providing opportunities and resources for robotics programs. Our primary goals include providing funding and resources to robotics teams and competitions in Maine, increasing awareness of the programs that are available to Maine’s youth, and increase the number of Maine youth participating in competitive robotics.|
|Texas Instruments Our focus on building a better future is ingrained in everything we do, from responsible semiconductor manufacturing, to employee care and active involvement with the communities we live in.|
|NASA — NASA’s Vision: To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind.|
Maine Army National Guard — The Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management protects the lives, property and welfare of the people by maintaining the National Guard, providing veterans services and coordinating emergency management.
Tesla Level Sponsor ($500-$1499 Contribution)
|Falmouth Education Foundation, founded in 1993, enhances educations excellence and promotes innovative student development by supporting educational programs and initiatives that primarily benefit children, pre-school through grade 12, who are residents of Falmouth.|
|H&R Block is one of the world’s largest tax services providers, utilizing more than 100,000 highly trained tax professionals and having prepared more than 550 million tax returns worldwide since 1955. Brothers Henry W. Bloch and Richard A. Bloch founded the company in 1955 and grew the business to become a brand and franchising icon.|
|Wasco Skylights is a family-owned company with New England roots and a determined drive to outdo the competition in performance, selection and fast, trouble-free installation of innovative skylighting products.Today we’re one of America’s largest skylight manufacturers, employing skilled people who all share the values that make “Made in Maine” such a powerful statement: hard work, a keen desire to meet and exceed market needs, and pride in a job well done.|
|Artel Inc Our passion for service goes beyond corporate boundaries and beyond the life science industry, and extends into the community around us – where we live and work.As a company and as individuals, we volunteer in and support a number of service projects that we find personally meaningful. From disaster relief, to promoting health issues, encouraging animal welfare, and supporting local programs, we are committed to our community.|
|Gorham High School — The mission of Gorham High School is to provide a variety of educational opportunities in a safe, positive environment. Our aim is that each graduate thinks critically and creatively, communicates effectively, reads and listens for understanding, solves problems, acts as a responsible citizen and aspires to and realizes individual goals.|
|Casco Systems LLC — Casco Systems LLC offers experience automating power transmission and distribution projects including high voltage substations and capacitor banks|
Walmart — From modest beginnings in northwestern Arkansas, Walmart has grown to become a worldwide household name.
|Criterium Engineers We specialize in buildings, with an emphasis on existing buildings. Since 1957, we have consulted with clients on over 750,000 properties of every kind. Arthur Tauscher, P.E., the company’s founder, developed standardized procedures to ensure quality and consistency to prospective buyers. The focus has always been to provide our clients with a meaningful understanding of the property they own or want to buy. Criterium has continually refined our processes up to the present day with the same commitment to quality and client advocacy.
Today Criterium Engineers has offices across the United States and Canada, and provides more than 20,000 building inspections annually. The systems developed by Criterium Engineers continue to set the national standard for the inspection industry.
|Sturgis Plumbing and Heating, LLC provides quality plumbing and heating service to Gorham and the surrounding communities. Jeff Sturgis has been in the plumbing and heating business for over 10 years. As a master plumber, master oil heat and solid fuel technician and gas/propane technician, Jeff can help you with all your plumbing and heating needs. Jeff is also an approved ServiceMagic contractor. He specializes in annual preventive maintenance for your oil system. He also installs pellet boilers that can greatly reduce your dependence on oil and save you money. Jeff is available for emergencies and for your planned home remodels. Jeff can be reached at 207-615-1600. Cash/check/Visa/Mastercard accepted.|
|Gorham Sand & Gravel — Site Work & Excavating Contractor in Southern Maine. Since 1987.|
|Auto Europe has been a leader in worldwide car rental services for over half a century, and has now expanded to offer ‘one-stop-shopping’ for all of your international travel needs. In addition to offering car rentals at more than 8,000 locations in over 130 countries, we now provide booking services for air travel, hotels, chauffeur and airport transfer services, luxury car, sports car, and motorhome rentals.|
|BerryDunn Control is a powerful word. It boosts confidence, sustains momentum, delivers an advantage. Control is what you get when you combine experience with can-do spirit. It’s what we help our clients gain. BerryDunn is a seasoned team of professionals: Some from the Big 4. Others from large consultancies. Many who have spent their careers at BerryDunn. And others who have worked in businesses like yours. Our job is to put our know-how to work for you in a way that fits your operational style. So you can take on the challenges and opportunities that drive value. All with more control!|
Edison Level Sponsor (Up to $499 Contribution)
|Village Physical Therapy is to assist patients by providing optimal physical therapy services and to promote wellness through patient education. In order to match care to each individual’s needs, we provide a hands-on approach, using a variety of manual therapy techniques as well as exercises and activities drawn from several disciplines.|
|Maine Orthodontics Working as a team, our orthodontic specialists will happily address any of your esthetic and functional goals to create a beautiful and healthy smile. With five convenient locations, our practice’s top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. We utilize the latest technological advances in the industry, such as invisible ceramic braces and Invisalign, along with the latest in computer technology (digital imaging and advanced computer graphics) to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible.We recognize that every patient has different needs, and we pride ourselves in the courteous service we deliver to each person who walks through our doors. Whether you’re an adult, adolescent or child, our knowledgeable doctors and staff are committed to helping you achieve the smile you deserve – a healthy, beautiful one!|
|Gorham House of Pizza — Great Greek pizza since 1981.|
|Handyman Rental. Established in 1954, Handyman Rental is a family owned and operated business. They make service their number one priority. Their experienced associates will make sure when you leave the store you know just how to operate your equipment rental, and know how to operate it safely.|
|Oakhurst Dairy has stood for “The Natural Goodness of Maine” throughout their history. They are the third generation of the Bennett family to guide Oakhurst Dairy since 1921, maintaining an unwavering commitment to quality, integrity and freshness.|
|Gorham Savings Bank — Dedicated to improving the financial well-being of the customers and communities they serve.|
|Wymans Auto, Inc. — In business for over fourty years. The original owner and operater Joe Wyman has been doing autobody repair and selling special interest vehicles for over fifty years as well as repairing wrecked new cars back to factory specs.|
|MEGA Industries A trusted name in microwave technology since 1989, Mega Industries is a world leader in the manufacture of microwave transmission equipment. The continued growth of Mega Industries is attributable to the diverse backgrounds and experience of their managerial and technical staff. Mega’s microwave product lines include Rigid waveguide, Ultra High Vacuum waveguide, Semi-Flexible waveguide and Coaxial Transmission Line. Mega was not only successful, but was able to test and prove the performance of the components. The success of this product line will enable scientists to obtain a performance advantage needed to make the ground breaking discoveries they strive for. In addition to their microwave and FM product lines, Mega Industries’ machining and fabrication departments can provide equipment for shipboard systems, commercial metal fabrications, research and development applications or other products requiring expertise in metalworking.|
|Moody’s Collision Centers With over 33 years in the business, Moody’s has become Maine’s industry leader in auto body and collision repair. As a direct repair shop for a variety of insurance companies, we guarantee that we will take the steps necessary to make this a seamless repair process. We provide Estimates, Collision Repairs, Frame Repair and Replacement, Suspension and Wheel Alignment, Paintless Dent Removal, Glass Replacement, Towing, Concierge Services.|
|Falmouth Lions Club — “We are always looking for civic minded citizens and volunteers who are willing to donate some time and effort toward making our communities better places in which to live.”|
|GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. — Established in 1964, GZA is an employee-owned, multidisciplinary consulting firm providing geotechnical, environmental, water, ecological, and construction management services to a wide array of private and public clients.
|Volk Packaging Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes high quality corrugated and foam products including shipping containers, inner packaging and stock boxes throughout New England.|
|Enercon Technologies – A commitment to excellence as your contract manufacturing partner.At Enercon, we help turn your ideas into profitable new products by offering comprehensive product design, manufacturing and added-value services. From our state-of-the-art ISO-certified facilities in Maine, we can meet any or all of your contract manufacturing needs, from product design and engineering, through prototyping and volume manufacturing, to distribution, inventory management and service depot support.With all operations co-located, we provide seamless coordination between engineering and operations, helping customers streamline the product development cycle, reducing time-to-market and total development costs. Key benefits to working with Enercon:
|Pinkham and Greer provides Civil and Structural Engineering Services to a wide array of clients throughout Maine, and beyond. Whether you are a homeowner needing expert advice or a national chain looking for complete project services, we provide our clients with personal service through project completion. Please feel free to browse and if you don’t see what you need, give us a call, we are happy to work with you one on one.|
|Loranger Door & Window CO. is a locally owned family business founded in 1977. Our experience is well known for offering quality products to contractors, remodelers and homeowners at competitive prices. As an Andersen Excellence Dealer, we provide proven Quality and Service.|
|NAPPI distributors Nappi Distributors was established in 1960 but our foundation as southern Maine’s leading distributor began years earlier when, in 1933, Giovanni (John) Nappi established one of the many distributorships that opened after Prohibition. It was in that organization that Frank Sr., Nick, and Sam Nappi learned about the beverage business.|
|US Bank can take every part of your business to new heights. From business lending to payment services. From equipment financing to commercial real estate. And, even the personal banking needs of every employee. U.S. Bank can do it with a level of service no other bank can match.|
|Falmouth Hearing Aids Our practice prides itself on taking care of each patient as if they were our own family member to receive the best possible hearing outcomes. We focus on continually serving the hearing needs of the Falmouth, ME area and surrounding communities with dedicated hearing care. In this process, our practice demonstrates disciplines and values to ensure fair and personalized hearing care for each patient.|
|United Insurance creates custom insurance products designed specifically for individuals, families and businesses in Maine and New Hampshire. From Fort Kent to Portland, Lewiston to Falmouth, each one of our offices has a long history of providing superior, personalized customer service. Locally operated and backed by the combined knowledge and shared resources of more than 100 insurance professionals, every United Insurance office is firmly rooted and deeply committed to serving the communities that they help protect.As an independent agency, our agents listen first, and then carefully craft coverage options from a wide variety of top-rated carriers that specialize in protecting the unique aspects of life and work in New England.|
|The Knights of Columbus at St. Anne’s Church is an organization whose purpose it is is to serve its members and the community through youth, church, council and community programs. Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.|
|Demeteria’s Team We are focused on providing you with the best results and service in the industry. We listen carefully to understand your real estate goals and work hard to create solutions that make sense for you. Whether you are new to the market or an experienced investor, we have the expertise, proven track record, and resources to help you achieve your real estate goals.As is often said, real estate is about location, location, location. We have extensive knowledge of the Gorham, ME area and can help you find the right home for you or the right buyer for your home..|
|Norway Savings Bank was founded over 145 years ago with a commitment to personal values, community values and financial values that have never faltered. Norway Savings Bank is an outstanding community bank, known for its financial strength, exceptional customer service and contribution to its communities. We are a great place to do business, an employer of choice and a nationally recognized Gold-Level Well Workplace, committed to the health and development of expert financial professionals.|
|Village Hearing Care is an audiology practice with locations in Gorham and Windham, Maine. We offer thorough hearing testing and the fitting of a wide range of hearing instrument technologies and styles. Our practice is based on a client-centered philosophy, as we believe that by taking your lifestyle, hearing loss and aesthetic preferences into consideration, we will obtain the optimal hearing fitting for you.|
|Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 170,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles.|
|Great Falls Construction has been providing construction services to clients throughout Northern New England for more than 25 years. Great Falls Construction offers a number of services including Construction Management, Preconstruction Services, and Design-Build Services for Commercial and Residential projects.|
|Plas-Tech — Producing high quality plastic materials since 1996.|
Thanks to these contributors that helped us get to St. Louis in 2015!
2013-2014The Coughlin Family The Moutinho Family The McNally Family The Lockman Family The Lamare Family The Levy Family The Kurkowski Family The Collmus Family Melinda Shain Sanford and Jeanine Chelsey Carol Curran Blake Wilkes Mark Morrissette Chuck Miller Susan Couglin
MENTORS & VOLUNTEERS
Brian Foley (Fairchild)
James Lockman (Adobe)
Tom Moutinho (Texas Instruments)
Misty Thompson (Fairchild)
FIRST events 2016
FIRST events 2015Tom Moutinho – Texas Instruments
James Lockman – Adobe
Lacie Kennedy – Texas Instruments
Bryant Mann – Texas Instruments
Mitch Farrar – Texas Instruments
Mark Johnson – Texas Instruments
FIRST events 2014Tom Moutinho – Texas Instruments
James Lockman – Adobe
Brian Foley – Fairchild
Andy Meyer – Efficiency Maine
Misty Thomson – Texas Instruments
Lacie Kennedy – Texas Instruments
Bryant Mann – Texas Instruments
Mitch Farrar – Texas Instruments
Mark Johnson – Texas Instruments
Thanks to these contributors that helped us get to St. Louis in 2013!Allen Armstrong The Twilley Family Amy Valentine Jeannine Chesley Charlotte Sinnett Larry Breen Mary Chadburn Victor Marsankis Marianne Michalakis Matthew Pechinski Nancy Porter Chandler Sinnett Neal Carlson Kelsie Atiyeh