Who are we?
We are a Christian, home schooled robotics team competing in FIRST® Tech Challenge: one of the high school programs in FIRST®. We have a lot of fun learning about and solving the problems presented to us through the mission. Each year we plan, design, build, program, test, and drive a robot that we think will do well on the robot mission field. We have set up our team like a business with sub teams (departments) that are technical and non-technical. This allows us to experience real world team building strategies while ensuring all the work gets done.
We began as an FLL (FIRST Lego League) team in 2009 in the Smart Move challenge. From there we went on to compete in Body Forward, Food Factor, and Senior Solutions. In our Senior Solutions year, we competed in the 2013 FLL World Festival in St. Louis, MO where we won the 3rd Place Champion’s Award.
In 2014 we moved up to FTC where we competed in Block Party. As a rookie team we made it to Worlds and were nominated for the Think Award. In 2015, we returned to the FIRST World Championship where we were nominated for the Think (Engineering Notebook Documentation) and the Control (Software and sensors) Awards. We also placed in the top 30% of the robot game.
During our 2017 season, we won the Inspire Award (Top award given at a competition) at North Super Regionals. From there, we went on to compete at the World Championship in St. Louis, where we were the Fourth-Seed Alliance Captain, and made it to the semi-finals. Last season as we competed in Relic Recovery, we won the Connect (Professional Connections) Award at the Detroit World Championship.
Our mission statement: "To learn as much as possible, share FIRST® with as many people as possible, and mentor as many teams as possible. We want to leave a legacy beyond just our own FTC experience."