Meet FRC Team 1557: 12 Volt Bolt of Central Florida

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Next up, Team 1557, 12 Volt Bolt of Central Florida:

Team 1557, also known as 12 Volt Bolt, was established in 2004, and has since been educating its members in the aspects of STEM. The team is composed of members from five different counties, which includes students enrolled in seven different public and private schools, in addition to home schooled students.

We provide STEM education to students who travel over 120 miles round trip, nearly every day. Members are offered hands-on learning opportunities in business, mechanics, engineering, electronics, computer programming, web design, computer graphics, art and photography, public relations, and robotics. Every year team 1557 continues to explore new ways to utilize technology through FIRST and its robotics competitions.

The team is very active in the community and spends off season months fundraising, recruiting new team members and sponsors. They participate in community outreach projects that include activities such as food drives, street festivals, and facilitating robotics classes for young children at local libraries, schools, and community events. When the team is not preparing for competitions, they are actively looking for ways to reach out to the community.

The team earned 4th place in the 2006 Florida regional competition. In 2009, they placed 11th and won the Chairman’s Award which qualified them for the national competition. In 2014, the team made it to the Semi-finals at Tampa’s ROBOTICON, and won 1st place at the Panther Prowl. We recently received an Ekocycle 3D printer as a results of the essay submission to FIRST.

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If your team is going to the Orlando Regional and you’d like to share your story with us, send a short team bio (250 words or less please), with your team name, number and location, anything special you’d like us to know about, and your team website address if you have one, along with a couple of photos to twillingham@usfirst.org by March 6th so we can share your story before the Orlando Regional.  

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