The Rocky Balboabots have been a part of FIRST Robotics for four years. Our team has been invited to the World Championship for all four years of our team’s operation. We qualified by the Rookie All Star Award (2015), being a Finalist (2016),  the Engineering Inspiration Award (2017), and the 2017 World Championship Engineering Inspiration Award (2018).


FRC Team 5437 Winning the Entrepreneur Award. April 2018
  • Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit by recognizing a team that has developed the framework for a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage, and achieve team objectives.

FRC Team 5437 given the Judges Award a Rock City Regionals – March 2018
  • Judges’ Award

Judges’ Award
During the course of the competition, the judging
panel encounters teams whose unique efforts,
performance, or dynamics merit recognition yet do
not fit into any of the existing award categories.
Today, the judges have defined the following special
award as a Judges’ Award for one such deserving

Passionate and purposeful, this diminutive team is
striving to inspire politicians and education
administrators to foster STEM education. Recognizing
that everyone brings valuable contribution, this team
has worked to make those on the autistic spectrum
feel more comfortable in the workplace. Using their
own success to help promote FIRST and STEM
education throughout their home state, this team is
awarded this year’s Judges’ Award, the “Change of
State Award.”


FRC Team 5437 Winning the Tournament Championship at the Ozark Mountian Brawl – September-2017
  • Ozark Mountian Brawl Champions
FRC Team 5437 – Awarded the Engineering Inspiration Award and the Houston World Championship – April 2017
  • Engineering Inspiration AwardSponsored by NASA
  • Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community. The winner of this award will have their Championship Registration fee sponsored by NASA, being fully paid by NASA.
Team 5437 Awarded the Team Spirit award at Rock City Regionals – March 2017
  • Team Spirit AwardSponsored by FCA Foundation

Celebrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork furthering the objectives of FIRST

FRC Team 5437’s Alexis Danekas Awarded the Dean’s List Finalist at Rock City Regionals – March 2017
  • FIRST Dean’s List Award-Alexis Danekas 

Celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST Ideals is exemplary


FRC Team 5437 – Ramsey and Alexis showing Quality Award at St. Louis World Championship – April 2016
  • Quality AwardSponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation  

Celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication We earned this award at the World Championship.

FRC Team 5437 Winning the Excellence in Engineering Aware at the Lubbock Regionals – April 2016
  • Excellence In Engineering AwardSponsored by Delphi

Celebrates an elegant and advantageous machine feature.

FRC Team 5437 Awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award – March 2016
  • Gracious Professionalism AwardSponsored by Johnson and Johnson

Celebrates outstanding demonstration of FIRST Core Values such as continuous Gracious Professionalism working together both on and off the playing field.


FRC Team 5437 – Rock City Regional’s Rookie All Star Award & Highest Seed Rookie – March 2015
  • Highest Rookie Seed 

Celebrates the highest-seeded rookie team at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds.


  • Rookie All Star AwardSponsored by National Instruments

Celebrates a rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST to inspire students to learn more about science and technology.