Meet FRC Team 456: Siege Robotics, of Vicksburg, MS!

Team 456

After a short lull, the team bios are rolling in again.  We kick things off, the week before the Orlando Regional with a (safe!) canon roar from FRC Team 456, Siege Robotics, from Vicksburg, MS, a Grand Old Team from the South that’s been part of FIRST for 16 years!

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Our team’s name, Siege Robotics, originated from our town’s history during the Civil War. Vicksburg is famous for the Union Army’s 47­day siege on the city. We are a city­wide team, made up of students from public, private, and home schools.

We are community oriented and host many outreach programs, including a canned food drive for the Salvation Army in memory our teammate Kimmy Melton, and STEM summer camps associated with the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center. Additionally, we are responsible for initiating and mentoring multiple Jr. FLL, FLL, and FTC teams with an overall total of 21 teams this year alone in our community.

Our team is highly concerned with safety at our shop and at competitions. We have won the UL safety award at the Bayou Regional for the past seven years. Each year, we conduct an extensive safety training workshop and participate in safety demonstrations throughout our community. Our team’s mascot is the Safety Nut, created to help visualize safe practices during build and competition season. The Safety Nut began as a cartoon series, was later featured in a claymation video, and is currently represented as mascots by two of our team members’ younger siblings. Make sure to get their autograph as they walk around at competition.

We have competed at several regionals, including Peachtree, Colorado, Dallas, Lone Star, Razorback, and annually at Bayou. We have also participated in Red Stick Rumble and WVROX (off­season events). This is our second time to compete at the Orlando Regional. We had so much fun last year that we came back. Siege Robotics would like to wish all teams a great season and good luck!

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Welcome back to Florida, Siege Robotics. We’ll keep an eye out for Safety Nut!

Go Team!

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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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