The Browncoats are a community FIRST Tech Challenge team made up of students ranging from 7th-12th grades. We’re from the Huntsville, Alabama area, and we have a mix of public schoolers, private schoolers and homeschoolers on our team. This is our seventh year competing as an FTC team! Our name comes from our favorite tv series, Firefly! Stay Shiny!
Each year we have gone farther and done better than previous seasons. We’ve gone from winning first place awards at qualifying competitions, to State Championships. 2018-2019 was our most successful season to date, where we competed in the World Championship for the second time!
During our 2018-2019 season, we competed in a qualifier at Springdale, Arkansas, where we won the competition with team 7172 Technical Difficulties as Winning Alliance Captain. Then, we competed at the Alabama State Championship where we were part of the Finalist alliance, and we won the Design Award, recieved multiple nominations for other awards, and the 2nd Place Inspire Award, which advanced us to the World Championship. At the Tennessee State Championship, we were awarded the Inspire Award, and we were in the semi-finals. Then, we competed at the Arkansas State Championship where we were seeded #1 and Captain of the Finalist Alliance, and we won the Connect Award, 2nd Place Innovate, and 3rd Place Motivate. Then, finally, at the World Championship, we won 7 of our 9 matches and placed in 8th out of the 80 teams in our division. This was a huge improvement over our standing the first time we attended World’s, and we couldn’t be prouder!
Now, we can’t wait for the 2019-2020 game, Skystone!
Some of our goals for the 2019-2020 season include starting more FTC teams in Alabama and spreading awareness of FIRST and STEM to as many people as we can, both through outreach and our social media. Over the summer and throughout our season, we’ll attend as many outreach events as we can to help spread the word about the program.
Because there are so few competitions in Alabama, it is our goal to create more opportunities for teams to compete. We plan to host many scrimmages and workshops, along with our annual Rocket City Invitational!
Join Our Team!
If you would like to apply to join our team, please fill out this application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MK6BYWB and someone from our team will contact you to come join us at one of our meetings to meet the team!