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.