A note about F.I.R.S.T.
We are F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition (F.R.C.) Team 2992: The S.S. Prometheus. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” and annually hosts multiple robotics competitions that build engineering and programming skills. Founded by Dean Kamen (inventor of the Segway PT), FIRST is a non-profit group that annually hosts over 300,000 students from 25,000 schools around the globe.
A TL;DR history of the S.S. Prometheus
Every year, we enter the local FRC Bayou Regional. Our first year, we won Rookie All-Star, enabling us to go to Nationals where we ranked 24th in our division (out of 87 teams). The following year, we won 1st place at Bayou Regional, enabling us to go to Nationals again where we ranked 12th in our division. In 2011, we made it to the quarterfinals of Bayou Regionals before being defeated. In our most recent season, we lasted all the way until the finals and additionally won the Industrial Design Award. Our 2014 season is currently under way, so be sure to look for updates on our news page!
“Prometheus” vs “S.S. Prometheus”
You may notice in older pictures and older websites a slightly different color scheme than our modern blue & white. This is because for our first two seasons we went by the moniker of “Prometheus” and had a theme based around Greek mythology and the origin of fire. At the request of our school the following year, we adopted our local school mascot: the skipper. Gone was all the fire-themed memorabilia and in came the water-themed memorabilia. From our assessment, it did not serve our image well to have forgone our older reputation that season, and after much heated internal debate, we debuted our 2012 season as “The S.S. Prometheus”, a nice combination of our two previous mascots. It may not satisfy everyone, but it’s a name that we’ll proudly live by and that we will continue to carry to success!
2008-2009 Season Events:
From March 19-21, 2009, we competed for the first time ever at the FIRST Robotics Competition’s Bayou Regional at the UNO Lakefront Arena. Our team, Team Prometheus, won the following awards:
2009 Rookie Seed Award – Given to highest ranking Rookie team after the qualification rounds.
2009 Bayou Regional Rookie All Star Team (which promoted us to the championship in Atlanta) – A result of our performance and our overall team commitment as a rookie team.
We were the only Louisiana team to qualify to go to the national competition from not only the Bayou Regional, but from any regional competition worldwide, which is an incredible feat for a rookie team.
From April 16-18, 2009, we competed for the first time at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Atlanta, GA. We ranked 24th in our Division (the Curie Division had 87 robotics teams).
We received formal recognition by the St. Tammany Parish School Board for outstanding achievement at the national competition at the St. Tammany Parish Board Meeting which took place on Thursday, May 21, 2009, at 7:00 PM.
2009-2010 Season Events:
From March 4-6, 2010, we competed for the second time at the FIRST Robotics Competition’s Bayou Regional event at the Alario Center in Westwego, LA. Our team won the following awards:
2010 Winners of the Bayou Regional (which earned us an invitation to attend the World Championship in Atlanta) – Granted for taking 1st place in the elimination rounds and winning the competition.
2010 Team Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen – Recognizes our overriding theme, team and robot appearance.
From April 15-17, 2010, we competed for the second time at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Atlanta, GA. We ranked 12th in our division (the Curie division had 86 robotics teams).
2010-2011 Season Events:
From March 18-20, 2011, we competed for our third year at the FIRST Robotics Competition’s Bayou Regional event at the Alario Center in Westwego, LA, but this time under the moniker of “Skippers”. Our team won the following award:
2011 Team Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen – Recognizes our overriding theme, team and robot appearance.
Our robot was sadly defeated in the quarterfinal rounds, but we were the fifth seed and picked by the fourth seed. Unfortunately, the robot came out of the games with broken parts.
2011-2012 Season Events:
From March 15-17, 2012, we returned once more into the Bayou Regional arena but in a different venue: the beautiful Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, LA. This year, we won:
2012 Finalist – Granted for taking 2nd place in the elimination rounds.
2012 Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors – Celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge.
Following qualifying rounds we were ranked 4th, but after the intense elimination matches we moved up to 2nd place to compete in the finals. There, unfortunately, our time ended, but we proudly accepted our silver medal and the Industrial Design Award.
From July 9-13, 2012, Team 2992 hosted its first annual FLL middle school summer camp. We hosted 15 kids for 5 days and at the finale held a miniature FLL Food Factor competition.
2013-2014 Season Events:
For the first time in 2992 history, we were able to perform in two regionals.
From March 6th-8th, Team 2992 was delighted to perform in Searcy, Arkansas for the first time. We met some great teams, and this is how we performed:
- Ranked 9th after Qualification Rounds
- Picked by the 3rd seed (4522: Team SCREAM)
- Regional Finalist with a W/L record of 12-7-0
- Won the Gracious Professionalism Award
From April 3rd to April 5th, we returned back to our home regional in Kenner, LA and won:
- Placed 9th after Qualification Rounds
- Captain of the 6th alliance
- We teamed up with Team 3753 (BulahBots) and Team 4209 (Tigerbytes)
- W/L record of 7-5-0
In the first semifinal round, we experienced unfortunate robot complications and ended up losing against the 3rd seed alliance.
From July 7-11, Team 2992 once again hosted our FLL summer camp. 20 kids participated and at the end of the week they had built Lego Mindstorm robots that could climb hills, deflect obstacles, slay dragons, and save princesses!