About the ROBOMonkeys


Who Are The ROBOMonkeys?

The ROBOMonkeys are an FRC team based in Caldwell County, North Carolina. Our team number is 3402. This is our ninth year working with FIRST. In our first year, 2009-2010, we won the Highest Rookie Seed Award at the North Carolina Regional competition. The members of the team consists of seven high school students from the county. We have seven mentors from the community to teach and help the students.

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What We Do?

Each year, FRC announces a new game. The 2016-2017 game was called Steamworks. It had the robots place gear, shoot fuel cells, and climb airships. During the build season, which is from the first week of January to the 21st of February, our team designs, builds, and programs a functioning robot that accomplish all three objectives. The competitions that our robot competed at was the district event at UNCG, district event at UNCA, the State Championship at Campbell University, and Nationals at the George R. Brown Convention center in Huston, Texas.



What is FIRST?

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.  Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

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-The Mission of FIRST

FIRST's mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.


-Gracious Professionalism

Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST.  It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.  With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions.  Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process.  They avoid treating anyone like losers.  No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either.  Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.  In the long run,Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life.  One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.



Coopertition produces innovation.  At FIRSTCoopertition is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition.  Coopertition is founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.  Coopertition involves learning from teammates.  It is teaching teammates.  It is learning from Mentors.  And it is managing and being managed.  Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can.


-FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition)

Dubbed a varsity Sport for the Mind™, FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.  Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.  It’s as close to “real world” engineering as a student can get.  Professional Mentors volunteer their time and talents to guide each team.  This program is for students in grades 9-12.

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