Every team has a story, but not every story has a team like ours.

Apple once produced a commercial that said: “…while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” Some crazy people have changed the world or at least a community. This is where the journey of Green Hope Robotics Team 5190 started.

The team was founded in October 2013 by two students with a passion for technology. Our team of 23 was coached by one teacher had no idea what was in store for them. We became more than just a “team.” We became a family. We became not just classmates, but friends. We became not just students, but innovators.

We competed, lost, learned, and won. At the North Carolina Regional, we made it to the quarterfinals, moved into the 8th seed, and tied the 1st seed in our first match for the first time in FRC history. We had exceeded all expectations, even winning the regional competition Rookie All-Star award. From there, it was on to St. Louis, Missouri, for the championship. However, we still had to raise the necessary funds to pay the dues for competition.

Thirty-five thousand dollars and a spring break spent knocking on doors later, we were on their way to St. Louis. In just four days of competition, we met with teams from all over the world, learned new things, became one, broke apart, and came together again, stronger. Through it all, we were still a team, still a family, still a community, and still crazy.

Once we made it to St. Louis, we became a part of the Newton Division. We competed as hard as we could, learned a lot, and met many people. The team finished in 77th place out of 100 teams, but never lost sight of what FIRST is all about. We left the competition as the winners of the National Rookie Inspiration award. But most of all, we left the competition as possessors of a life-changing experience at St. Louis. Today, we continue to make those who support us proud as we stick to our core values and search for innovative ways to spread FIRST and STEM throughout the world!

Each year FIRST assigns a challenge, and the thousands of FIRST teams work towards finding a solution in six weeks. Below are videos of the challenges Team 5190 faced each year.

2018 – Falcon Heavy 

Falcon Heavy, the robot for the 2018 FIRST POWER UP game was our most successful robot yet. It earned the district event finalists twice, won the state championship, and advanced us farther than ever before into the playoffs of the World Championships. Its ability to quickly place cubes in the scale, switch, and exchange during the teleoperated period coupled with very good drivers made Falcon Heavy very competitive on the field. In addition, the monstrous “3 cubes in the scale” autonomous mode helped gain early advantages and made it very hard to defeat

2017 – Clockwork

Clockwork was our robot for 2017 challenge. Our strong design allowed us to perform excellently at all of our events, including the world’s championship! Its strong ability to climb, deliver the gear and provide fuels to the airship – and performing these tasks at autonomous stage – made our team to reach the highest point in the team’s history.


2016 – Excalibot  

2016 was the year of Excalibot. It had a strong showing in the district events and ultimately led us to become the captain of an alliance. Our design allowed us to breach most defenses, as well as score in the low goal. We even had a lift for scaling the tower.


2015 – Lofty  

Lofty was our 2015 robot. It was created for the game Recycle Rush. Lofty was named after a popular children’s TV show “Bob the Builder”. The crane in the show also shared the name with our robot. We named it after the character because unlike other robot designs which contained a generic elevator design we implemented a crane design. The crane arm picked up totes and trash cans for the Recycle Rush competition.

2014 – The Mosquito

In 2014, we built our first robot called the Mosquito. We came up with names, first the toaster, but once we competed we knew what to call it. With its low to the ground, defensive, bully other robots design, this robot “Will never go away!” This defensive robot was one of the best in its class at all competitions but it was also good at scoring goals. In one game the Mosquito even scored 89 points and lead our alliance to a defensive and offensive victory!

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