The Browncoats are a community FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team from the Huntsville, Alabama area. Currently, the team is made up of six students – ranging from 7th to 12th grade. Between them, these students represent public, private, and home schools from across the North Alabama area. Our name comes from our favorite tv series, Firefly! Stay Shiny!
We are currently in our 2020-2021 competition season, Ultimate Goal! As of this moment, we have not competed in any competitions, but are greatly looking forward to those ahead! We are busy working on our robot and can’t wait to show everyone what we have planned.
Our 2019-2020 season was our most successful season to date! With the generous help of our sponsors, we were able to travel to more competitions which helped us to prepare better, and it gave us more learning experiences. We advanced to the World Championship for the third time in our team’s history. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the World Championship was cancelled.
Our 2019-2020 competitions included:
Hot Springs Qualifier (1/11/20): Our first competition of the year was a qualifier held in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Our qualification matches went smoothly and we went undefeated, finishing in 1st Place. We chose team 7572 Lights On to be our alliance partner, and together, we won both of our semi-finals and finals matches, finishing the day as the Winning Alliance Captain, which advanced us to the Arkansas State Championship. We were also nominated for several awards including, 3rd Place Inspire, 3rd Place Motivate, 3rd Place Design, 2nd Place Innovate, and 2nd Place Connect.
Springdale Qualifier (1/18/20): A week later, our team competed at a second qualifier in Springdale, Arkansas. During qualification matches, we won four of our matches and lost one of them, finishing in 1st Place. Teamed with 9879 Root Negative One, we won both of our semi-finals matches, but lost both of our finals matches, finishing the day as the Finalist Alliance Captain. Our team was nominated for the Design Award and we won the Inspire Award.
Arkansas State Championship (2/15/20): Our first State Competition of the season was held in Springdale, Arkansas. We’d made a few updates to our robot, mostly for software, since our previous competiton. We went undefeated in our qualification matches and finished in 2nd Place. For our final alliance, we chose teams 10391 Lynx Robotics and 17179 DevilBots. Together, we won both of our semi-finals and our finals matches, finishing the day as the Winning Alliance Captain, which was a first for our team at State level. We also won our first ever Innovate Award, and we were a Promote Finalist, and 2nd Place Inspire. Because we were the Winning Alliance Captain, our team received an invitation to the Maryland Tech Invitational in June, which was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19.
Alabama State Championship (2/22/20): Our final State Competition was held in Alabama on February 22nd. We won four of our five qualification matches and finished in 3rd Place. The #1 seeded team, 9879 Root Negative One chose us and 12652 The Flying Fish as Final Alliance partners. Our alliance won both of our semi-finals and finals matches, and we finished the day as the Winning Alliance 1st Pick. We were awarded the Promote Award (a first for our team) and the Inspire Award, which advanced us to the World Championship in Houston, Texas, which was also cancelled.
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. 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!