PORT CITY ROBOTICS

aka Port City Robotics   |   Wilmington, NC   |  www.portcityrobotics.org

Mission

Port City Robotics seeks to provide young people with hands-on experience in science, technology, collaboration, leadership and business.

Ruling year info

2015

President

Dr William Hosek

Main address

1319 Military Cutoff Road Suite CC#169

Wilmington, NC 28405 USA

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EIN

47-5198975

NTEE code info

Amateur Sports Competitions (N70)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Southeastern North Carolina is a region often lacking in STEM programs for middle and high school students. We believe that this region is often overlooked as a source of college bound engineers and scientists. Port City Robotics (PCR) seeks to facilitate STEM education in this region and ultimately increase the number of young people entering science and technology careers.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

FIRST Team 4534 - Wired Wizards

The Wired Wizards are a community based FIRST Robotics Competition team in the New Hanover County, NC area. The team supports 30-40 high school students from the surrounding schools and competes yearly in the FRC championships tournament. In addition, students support the local community through skills-based workshops, volunteering, and educational summer camps.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The Mechanical Mages are a community based FIRST Lego League team in Wilmington, NC. The team supports 6-10 elementary school students (grades 6-8) from area schools. Each year the team designs, builds, tests and programs a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology and then participates in tournaments and celebrations.  Team members learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills in a fun and interactive environment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Student satisfaction Score (ranging from 1 (poor) to 10 (highest).

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents

Related Program

FIRST Team 4534 - Wired Wizards

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The 2019-2020 competition season and the 2020-2021 competition seasons were affected by the global COVID pandemic

Student Recommendation Score (% of students willing to recommend program to a friend).

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

FIRST Team 4534 - Wired Wizards

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The 2019-2020 competition season and the 2020-2021 competition seasons were affected by the global COVID pandemic

Stem Advancement Score (% of students graduating program who intend to persue a STEM field in college).

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

FIRST Team 4534 - Wired Wizards

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The 2019-2020 competition season and the 2020-2021 competition seasons were affected by the global COVID pandemic

Female participation rate (% of students in the program who are female).

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Related Program

FIRST Team 4534 - Wired Wizards

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

College Bound Score (% of students graduating program with plans to enter college).

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

FIRST Team 4534 - Wired Wizards

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The 2019-2020 competition season and the 2020-2021 competition seasons were affected by the global COVID pandemic

Number of mentoring hours (by adult mentors).

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

FIRST Team 4534 - Wired Wizards

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The 2019-2020 competition season and the 2020-2021 competition seasons were affected by the global COVID pandemic

Number of student Mentor hours (students volunteering to mentor younger students).

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

First Team 38481 - Mechanical Mages

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The 2019-2020 competition season and the 2020-2021 competition seasons were affected by the global COVID pandemic

Number of robotic matches competed in.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

FIRST Team 4534 - Wired Wizards

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The 2019-2020 competition season and the 2020-2021 competition seasons were affected by the global COVID pandemic

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Port City Robotics (PCR) is an all-volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization providing financial, administrative and logistical support to local robotics teams for middle and high-school students.  Port City Robotics seeks to augment STEM education in grades 6-12. This means we provide the resources to operate programs such as afterschool programs, conferences, lectures, activities, and programs that seek to provide students with exposure to real, active, and hands-on science and technology. Primarily this is through the programs offered by FIRST and partnering with local schools.

We identify leaders in the community who are willing and capable of providing opportunities to youth by coaching or mentoring FIRST teams. We set appropriate expectations, walk them through the FIRST process of starting a new team, assist in raising the necessary funds, provide assistance throughout the build and competitive season and, where applicable, help them identify and execute a community outreach project.

Many schools today lack the resources both human and financial, to offer quality programs to eager students. Our ability to draw on the community to solve the financial problem and our network of industry professionals makes a winning combination allowing us to provide after school programs, consulting, and curriculum development. These programs ensure that students are working with real software and hardware to solve real world problems just as they would in their future careers.

Our organization is proven in their ability to successfully execute its mission. We do this through networking in our community to raise awareness of STEM opportunities in this region. We continue to expand our list of industry professionals both active and retired who share our passion for inspiring future scientists. These mentors become role models and advisers enabling students to dream bigger and seek better opportunities for themselves.

In addition, we also identify volunteers, mostly parents and family of students who become very active in the community both fundraising and providing supervision and support.

To date, we have achieved maximum student capacity in both our teams, participated in hundreds of robotic matches, qualified for state and world championships and earned creativity and innovation awards. We have a very high student satisfaction store, college attendance score and mentor/student ratio.

A long term goal for Port City Robotics is to obtain a facility that can be used as a year-round FIRST Zone, Makerspace, Fablab, and classroom. This will likely require partnership and sponsorship from one or more major donors in the community.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PORT CITY ROBOTICS

Board of directors
as of 2/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. William Hosek

William Hosek

Jim Harris

John Thomas

Christina Chiang

Lloyd Smith

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/10/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data