Our rookie year was in 2016. Before joining FRC, we were a FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) Team for three years. In January of 2016 we were given the chance to be a FRC team; we took the chance and ran with it. We participated in the first ever Rocket City Regional in March of that year. Our robot was made with a simplistic design, so at Regional our team came in about 30th place. We didn’t do as great as we wanted to, but what came next was even better. At the closing ceremony, our little team was awarded the Rookie All Star Award which sent us to St. Louis for the World Championship; we placed 25th out of 75 teams on the Archimedes field. Not bad for our little team and little robot.

The Golden Hurricanes is Columbia High School’s FIRST Robotics team – this is a competitive sport, not a club!  FIRST is an international robotics competition between over 3000 teams.  With the aid of sponsor and mentors from professional organizations like NASA, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and UAH, we compete in a yearly competition that combines engineering, business, graphic design, teamwork, project management and other skills into a hybrid sport that’s unlike anything else.  Our members are challenged as young professionals in ways that that traditional sports can’t. Through exposure to our professional mentors and organizations, our members get access to unique opportunities beyond simply the chance to participate in a sport – they get professional development in potential career paths, job shadowing opportunities at local companies, potentially field trips to NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and more.

Our primary focus is on the growth of our teammates – we work hard and play to win, but at the end of the day, we measure success in lives changed more than on field victories.

The Golden Hurricanes is a team where everyone is welcome to come as you are.  This is a program where everyone can be themselves without fear of judgement – all comers are welcome, so long as you’re ready to roll your sleeves up and find your way to contribute!

Team Awareness

  • Strengths:
    • Our team has
      • Dedicated team members and knowledgeable mentors.
      • Members and mentors that work well with each other
      • Resourceful members
  • Weaknesses:
    • Programming team needs additional equipment to test their code while build team prototypes parts
  • Possible Assistance:
    • Does not currently have a machine shop, does not have a dedicated space to work
    • Borrowing tools from other teams and mentors
    • Additional opportunities to bring in more diverse mentors to empower a larger team