Since our conception in 2001, the Midnight Mechanics have maintained an “open door” policy: it is our responsibility to provide FIRST teams guaranteed access to information to help them become strong, sustainable, forces of inspiration within their communities.
To these ends, the Midnight Mechanics created an extensive library of resources – with material ranging from simply getting started by registering on the FIRST website, to creating a business plan, to building partnerships with local organization to spread the message of FIRST.
Having been the first FIRST team in San Diego, the Midnight Mechanics recognize how difficult it can be to stand up on your own two feet when you have no one there to give you a helping hand. We remember the days where we built our wooden robot alone, the days where no one else in San Diego knew what the acronym of FIRST stood for – therefore, we’ve made it our goal to not only inspire the development of new FIRST teams in San Diego year after year, but also the development of sustainable FIRST teams that are able to overcome whatever challenges they may face (beyond getting the robot done in six short weeks, of course!).
We hope that you and your team take advantage of our extensive library of resources – do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions! We are always here for you.
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"Through FIRST, I have been able to build friendships that I am sure will last my entire life."
KATRINA WONG, Midnight Mechanic
Katrina Wong (right) entered the magical world of the Midnight Mechanics as a freshmen in high school. She began her FIRST career as a member of the Community Partnerships department, organizing and facilitating community events. At the Los Angeles Regional, her first regional, she was excited to meet students, like Monica Fernandez (left), who were just as crazy about FIRST as she was. Today, although Monica is off at Purdue University, she still maintains contact with her fellow Midnight Mechanic.
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