The Rohming Robots are a FIRST Tech Challenge team based in Charleston, South Carolina. It was created for the purpose of competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge competition and furthering the outreach and public knowledge of STEM and the like. The Rohming Robots was formed in 2014 as a combination of two homeschooled FIRST Lego League teams. The original members consisted of Aaron, Benjamin, Brandon, Gray, Jacob, Matthew, Nicholas, and Richard.
Our first season was Cascade Effect. During this pilot season, we had to undertake many new activities. Initial branding was important, with a team name and logo being chosen early on in the season. Once this was completed, we moved on to expanding our presence in the community. For the first time our team had to look for fundraising in order to be able to compete. We created a rudimentary business plan in order to reach large companies. We also had to work on a new robot unlike any we had used before, and created a very basic design in order to understand how the competition would function. We won first place Think Award for our engineering notebook.
In our second season, called Res-Q, we strove to be more direct in our approach to everything. For the competition, we focused on one aspect of the game to be flawless at, and ignored most of the other actions. This allowed us to win first place in robot at State, as our robot was the most consistent one there. We won the first place Inspire Award and won second place in the Think Award.
In our 2016-2017 season, Velocity Vortex, our success from last season granted us several new sponsors, and our increased team organization made us more efficient at all aspects of the competition. At the State Competition we won 1st place Inspire and were the first selection on the winning alliance.We finished 7th in our division at The South Super Regional. We placed 27th in our division at Worlds.
In the 2017-2018 season, Relic Recovery, at the state competition we won the first place Inspire award. At South Super Regionals, we won the first place Think award, which advanced us to the Houston FIRST Championships in Houston, Texas. At the worlds competition, we were nominated for the Think award. Our robot was not as competitive as we would have hoped, placing us fairly low in the robot competition portion.
Our 2018-2019 season, Rover Ruckus, was the first season to have League Meets before the State competition. We won the Think and Promote Awards at the Inter-League Tournament, advanced to State, and again won the Inspire Award at the State Championship.We were nominated for the Connect Award at the World Championship.
This past season, Skystone, was the first season without the founding team members. However, we were still successful, winning the Inspire and Promote awards at our League Tournament and State Championship. Unfortunately, the World Championship was canceled due to COVID-19.