The Rohming Robots is a 4-H project club operating out of Charleston, South Carolina 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(Graduated).
Our first season was know as 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 took part in many STEM events in the Charleston area by demonstrating our robot in an effort to obtain sponsors. We also created a rudimentary business plan in order to reach larger companies. At this time we also had to work on a new robot unlike any we had used before. Metal parts and complicated wiring, we had to create a very basic design in order to understand how the competition would function. Our inexperience led us to strive to do more than we were capable of in the competition competitively. However, our over-preparation led to us winning 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. We lost Brandon after he graduated, but we had Samuel and Braden join our team. At the beginning of the season we improved upon our business plan, re-sent it to previous sponsors, and sent it to potential new sponsors as well. Our success in the engineering notebook in the past led us to greatly improve how we took notes in order to keep up our reputation. 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, giving us advancement to the next level of the competition. After our success we began to search for more sponsors and donations for our trip to the South Super Regional in San Antonio, Texas. We also began to work on more goals for our robot to complete since we had the time, but unfortunately our improvements were not ready by the competition. This led to us doing poorly in the Super Regional compared to the other consistent teams, since we did not have as diverse of a skill set.
In our last season, Velocity Vortex, we lost Samuel due to school constraints and Richard due to his graduation, but have acquired Andrew. Our success from last season has granted us several new sponsors, and our increased team organization has made us more efficient at all aspects of the competition. At the State Competition we won 1st place Inspire, were the first selection on the winning alliance, and won 2nd place Think, PTC Design, and Control awards. We already budgeted at the beginning of our season for a trip to Super Regionals, so we worked on a cap ball lift for the competition. However, just like last year, we were unable to finish our improvements before the event. We finished 7th in our division at The South Super Regional. Between the South Super Regional and the World Competition, we managed to get out cap ball lift fully operational. This helped us to place 27th in our division at Worlds.
In our current season, Relic Recovery, we’re currently working on preparations for the State level competition.