Next up – Team 79 Krunch, of Tarpon Springs, Florida!
Team 79 Krunch based out of East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida sets a shining example for others in the area. As Tampa Bay’s longest lasting team we have been gifted the ability to create a legacy in the last twenty years of our existence that is unparalleled. By volunteering our time and energy into giving back to the community, we are able to funnel resources into STEM education, as well as participate in demonstrations at local elementary schools to spread the values of FIRST and Gracious Professionalism.
Our team is also responsible for the bulk of volunteers that help ROBOTICON in St. Petersburg, Florida run smoothly every year. Taking initiative in our community to improve the world in which we live is the foundation of our program and is something we intend to continue into our future as a longstanding team.
One drive that we run every year is the Mobile Hazardous Waste Collection. Over the past twenty years we have collected over 1 million pounds of waste of which 98% is converted directly into renewable resources. The collection in pounds is the equivalent of 36 garbage trucks of trash eliminated from our environment.
Outside of volunteering, the team gets together for “socials.” The most popular being a cookout where we enjoyed barbeque and played kickball. The bonding outside of build season allows our team to be comfortable with each other and allows for a smoother build season. Another strategy we implement to ensure build season goes smoothly is a preseason. We use this time to train first year students on the machines as well as outline how the process of build season works.
Getting to know each other by building a robot and relationships has allowed Team 79 Krunch to be successful in every aspect. We are eager to unleash our latest creation and wish all teams the best of luck! It’s Krunch time!!
It totally is! Come see Krunch at the Orlando Regional March 10th & 11th!