We are team 1209, the RoboHornets, from Booker T. Washington High School. Our team is part of an organization called FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), which was founded by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway. We have been a team for more than 15 years, and our team has grown to over 50 members.
Build season begins in early January at the “season kick-off” where we and other FRC teams learn about the new game and its challenges. FRC teams have six weeks to build and program their robot. During build season, our team meets three times a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. One of our biggest sponsors, The University of Tulsa, allows the RoboHornets to meet on their campus and use their labs while building the robot. After the robot is complete, the team prepares for competition. This year, we will compete at the OKC Regional.
When not working robots, our team volunteers in the community. The Booker T. Washington RoboHornets strive to exemplify the values put in place by FIRST. We have participated in FRC competitions for 15 years and have competed in FTC competitions for 5 years. In addition to our FIRST related activities, we also impact our community by going to local schools to promote STEAM and generate interest in robotics. Additionally, we work with local charities such as the Little Light House and the Food for Kids Program. In the past year alone, our team has worked to create new FLL teams throughout our community, as well as hosting our own FLL Qualifier at Booker T. Washington High School in the fall of 2017 and 2018. We show our robot at the Mini Maker Faire every year and take our robots to Carver Middle School to get the future freshman to join robotics.
Read more about our team here.