Congratulations to our friends the rookie team MPV Stingerbots from Mulberry, Arkansas on winning the Rookie-All Star award at the Rock City Regional! They are attending the Houston World Championship this year in April. We are so proud of you, you have come such a long ways this past year! Good luck, we look forward to seeing you there!
Our first match of the day, went really well. Good luck to all the teams competing today!
We had some wonderful guests join us today ranging from our kids on the Mulberry team, to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, all the way to Mr. Jon Eubanks who sat and talked for a while. Great job to all the teams, and good luck tomorrow!
Last week at FRC’s 2017 World Championship in Houston, we won some awards. Out of the three Engineering Inspiration Awards given out at the Houston Championship, we were one of the lucky teams to receive the award. Our ranking at the end of the Qualification Matches was 19th seed, however we were the 2nd pick of the 1st seed alliance. Our alliance fought hard and made it to the Finals on the Galileo field, where we sadly lost after winning the first match. However the international allies that we made are game changers for us. We made friends with fellow FIRST competitors from all over the world. This has opened a door for our small community and team that can take us anywhere. All of that we have learned from all of the brilliant from around the world is the prize that we have claimed. We consider ourselves blessed beyond words to have friend now on every continent on this planet!
Our team has been asked by Senior Writer Sean Gregory from TIME Magazine to have a story written about us. He spoke with four members of the team Joie Bogart, Alexis Danekas, Roberto Montoya, Will Tanner and our mentor Coach Robert Dean.
In 2016 Team 5437 presented to the school board to implement a College Concurrent Credit Robotics class through the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Upon approval the school has started this class, where students receive on hands learning with ABB robots, soldering circuit boards, and other fundamentals of electronics.
Team 5437 sought out to inspire the minds of the younger generation by starting a FLL team. The team presented the idea to the school board with the help of interested mentors, and soon 2 FLL teams were approved. Team 5437 members have dedicated their time to mentor the rookie FLL Teams.
Team 5437 started in the off season game of 2014 as a result of a challenge from Rockline Industries at our local Chamber of Commerce Banquet. The $5,000 initially pledged by Rockline was matched by First Western and the team was formed. Rockline also provided a build area and an engineering mentor. The team originally began with 7 members.