We are team 7842 Browncoats and this is our tenth year competing as a FIRST Tech Challenge team. The Browncoats are a community-based FIRST Tech Challenge competition robotics team made up of students from an approximate 500 square mile area of North Alabama. Currently, the team is made up of eight students ranging from 7th to 12th grade. Between them, these students represent public, private, and home schools from the North Alabama area. Every year is a learning experience for us, and we love applying what we learn to our next season. As a team, we aim to embody the core values of FIRST and expand the program in our community and throughout the country. Through our outreach events, we hope to inspire others to start their own team or volunteer at FIRST events.
The Browncoats evolved from the FIRST Tech Challenge team, 12-Volt Ninjas, who formed in 2011. In 2013, they brought up members from the FIRST Lego League team, Acronym, and renamed the team Browncoats. The Browncoats’ name comes from the television series, Firefly. Firefly was an American space western science fiction series which aired in 2002. Although the show only lasted one season, fans worldwide call themselves Browncoats. Stay Shiny!
Our team is incredibly excited to be competing in our tenth season, the 2022-2023 FIRST Tech Challenge Power Play Season. As of this moment, we have not yet competed in any competitions, but we are looking forward to doing so! Be sure to follow our progress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for regular season updates.
Track Our Progress!
If you would like to keep track of our team’s competitions and results, visit our Orange Alliance page: https://theorangealliance.org/teams/7842
After each competition, the results will generally be posted soon after. You can also follow all of our social media, where we post about our journey!
Team FTC 7842 Browncoats’ mission is to spread awareness and recognition of FIRST robotics and STEM throughout our community, while also teaching students important life skills such as team work, communication, cooperation, experimentation, public speaking, building, programming, technical writing, marketing, fundraising, and more. Not only do we plan to introduce FIRST to as many people as we can, but we also plan to get them involved with the program through our efforts.
Because there are so few competitions in Alabama, it is our goal to create more opportunities for teams to compete. Throughout the year, 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 Once you’ve done that, someone from our team will contact you to come join us at one of our meetings to meet the team!