FIRST Team 1646 began in 2004, when the previous vice principle, Roger Francis, first saw the appeal of robotics and bought a robotics kit using a grant from our school. Seven students were interested in robotics and joined together. They managed to learn how to use all of the tools and machines necessary to work with metal and electronics, and managed to build a fully functional robot in ten days. To commemorate their efforts the robot was named the, “Ten Day Special.” They managed to win the Rookie All-Star award at their first regional, and were sent to the world championships. While they didn’t win, the trip continued to build the inspiration inside of the students, and the robotics team continued.
Since then, our team has grown and we have won several awards. We have grown our sponsor list and we participate in many outreach events. We now host an annual E-Waste drive, participate in several science nights at local elementary schools, and so much more!
Our team plans to continue to grow as each year passes and keep teaching the next generation that FIRST is more than building robots; it’s about building relationships within the team and the community.