FLL Start Up

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.

Our Start

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.

Congressman Bruce Westerman at Rock City Regionals

“I am grateful to have an opportunity to speak at the 2017 FIRST Robotics regional competition. Robotics encourages STEM education and develops a collaboration with high school students and business professionals that will result in a workforce ready to meet the needs of industry in the 21st century.” cc: Arkansas FIRST Incorporated

I am grateful to have an opportunity to speak at the 2017 FIRST Robotics regional competition. Robotics encourages STEM education and develops a collaboration with high school students and business professionals that will result in a workforce ready to meet the needs of industry in the 21st century. cc: Arkansas FIRST Incorporated

Posted by Congressman Bruce Westerman on Friday, March 10, 2017

Sharing Message of STEM and FIRST with Governor Asa Hutchinson

Our team had the opportunity to have a personal meeting with our states Governor Asa Hutchinson. The Governor was very impressed with our Team and our message. Here is what he tweeted: @AsaHutchinson Team 5437 Tweet. While we spoke with the Governor we were able to lobby for funding allocated for STEM in Arkansas, and the bill later passed. We consider ourselves very humbled and blessed for this oppourtunity!