Community Involvement

Sponsorships and Community Involvement

For Bishop-Wisecarver founder Bud Wisecarver, engineering and entrepreneurship are second nature. In this spirit, Bishop-Wisecarver strives to support students and programs related to engineering, education and manufacturing.

Cuts to education funding have translated to fewer vocational programs in many schools. Without these programs, students are denied the experiences that could lead to rewarding – and lucrative – trade careers.

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FIRST® Sponsorships

Bishop-Wisecarver has been a FIRST sponsor since 2007 and is a Crown Supplier for 2020.

Bishop-Wisecarver Crown Supplier FIRST

What is FIRST?

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people and now includes several different competitions for various age groups and interests. The 2020 FRC program will include more than 4,000 teams with 100,000 youth team members from around the globe.

As a select Crown Supplier, BW has donated more than $250,000 of MadeWell® radial wheels and DualVee® wheels and tracks for the 2020 FRC competition that allow students to use vee groove wheel bearings on 90-degree vee tracks to create high load capacity linear guides. These products are offered to all teams who then have a limited time to design, build and program their robots for this season’s INFINITE RECHARGE challenge and competitions.

Teaming With Bishop-Wisecarver

Bishop-Wisecarver is proud to sponsor the following teams for the 2020 season:

Student Program Sponsorships

We are proud to sponsor several student programs including local school career fairs and FIRST robotics events. Bishop-Wisecarver has been a proud sponsor of many high school teams competing in FIRST since 2007. Check out video coverage of past events and interviews with the students we sponsor.

Supporting Motion Without Limits

Watch out photo and video coverage of the 2011 Oregon Bike MS event! We are proud to have sponsored cyclist Chris Crawford and his sister Bonnie as they fight for a world free of MS. Bonnie has been struggling with the debilitating disease for more than 20 years and this fundraiser gives her newfound hope each year. View photos on our Flickr page.

Life of an Inventor Webisode Series

Bud Wisecarver is the brains behind our double row angular contact bearing technology known as DualVee®. He is an American toolmaker, innovator and co-founder of Bishop-Wisecarver. And it all started in his machine shop 60 years ago. Meet Bud in our "Life of an Inventor" webisode series.