FIRST Robotics Competition Blog
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The Memphis MechWarriors robotics team was established in the August of 2013. The team was started by a STEM instructor and three (3) male students attending East High School and East STEM Virtual Academy both located in Memphis, Tennessee. The small group met and worked in a small area located in the schools vocational technology building, where they designed and built their first ever robot. The team gradually increased to eight (8) male students the following year (2014) and the Memphis MechWarriors began to blossom into a competing team, in which they had the opportunity to compete in their first robotics competition event (MS BEST Robotics 2014) held at Mississippi State University in Starksville, MS. As the team continued to evolve, the Memphis MechWarriors robotics team #4524 were prepared to compete in their very first regional US FRC game event (2015: Recycle Rush) held in Knoxville, TN (The Smoky Mountain Regional).
The Memphis MechWarriors robotics team was one of fifteen teams sponsored solely by the Shelby County School District (in Memphis, TN), but as the extracurricular funds for robotics began to exhaust throughout the Shelby County School District, and the Memphis MechWarriors had to began to scout for sponsors, mentors, and a new home. With the team's’ dedication and hard work being unnoticed, they were adopted by the Benjamin L. Hooks Library CLOUD 901 Teen Learning Lab in early January of 2017. This valuable opportunity provided the Memphis MechWarriors robotics team to compete in two (2) US FRC 2017 regional events (FIRST Steamworks), which were held in Little Rock, AR (Arkansas Rock City Regional) and Chicago, IL (Midwest Regional).
Currently, the Memphis MechWarriors robotics team #4764 is a Memphis community-based team made up of approximately fifteen (15) members that include female and male students. The team has been mentored and sponsored by members from industries and corporations surrounding the Mid South area, such as the Memphis Library Foundation, FedEx, University of Memphis, AZO, Mitsubishi Electric, A1+ Bails Bonds, the Grainger Foundation, Snap-on, and Mid-South maker groups.
The Memphis MechWarriors are greatly increasing the awareness of the robotics team throughout the Memphis community with many