SPEAKER HIGHLIGHT

T-Rex OHS
Speakers for:
February 20, 2020
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Olympic High School Robotics Team, T-Rex 4935
Sponsored by

and a Representative from the Mecklenburg County
Economic Development Commission

In 2013, Team T-Rex #4935 began its journey at Olympic High School in Charlotte, NC. Thanks to a substantial donation from Bosch Rexroth Corporation, and the cooperation of some amazing teachers, the team was established. T-Rex is a student-led FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) team that prepares students for higher education and the job market by teaching soft skills, public speaking and more. Industry professionals donate their time and expertise to help our students become amazing adults who can also build amazing robots. Students are placed on one of 6 sub-teams: Marketing, Design, Build, Coding, Logistics and Safety.

FIRST Robotics teams around the world have about eight weeks to design, build and program their robots for competition. Every year, the game changes and presents different obstacles and challenges for each team to overcome. Robots are required to complete a variety of tasks, such as scoring balls into goals, climbing ropes or stacking recycling totes. All FIRST events are free and open to the public, with FIRST Robotics Competition events beginning in late February and culminating with the FIRST World Championships in April.

Team T-Rex #4935 has grown from around 22 students and 8 mentors to a high of 60 students and 15 mentors. Out of the 32 high schools in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System, Team T-Rex is the only school affiliated team. They continue to charge zero up front fees to join, instead relying on sponsors and fundraising so that they can bring FIRST Robotics to as many underrepresented and under-served students as they can.

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AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

2019
-FNC District Guilford County: Creativity Award
-FIRST North Carolina State Championship Participant
-SCRIW Off-Season Event Winner

2018
-NC District UNC Asheville Event: Innovation in Control Award
-FIRST North Carolina State Championship Participant

2017
-NC District Greensboro Event: Team Spirit Award
-UNC Asheville Event: District Event Finalist
-FIRST North Carolina State Championship Participant

2016
-NC District Wake County Event: District Event Winner, Quality Award
-NC District UNC Asheville Event: Innovation in Control Award
-FIRST North Carolina State Championship Participant

2015
-Palmetto Regional: FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award

2014
-Palmetto Regional: Regional Winner, Rookie Inspiration Award
-FIRST Championship – Curie Division Participant