About FIRST

FIRST, which stands for “For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is a nonprofit organization founded by Dean Kamen in 1989. Structured around a high-school robotics competition, the FIRST Robotics Competition is much more than just a competition, combining gracious professionalism with technology to create an environment that fosters a deeper appreciation for science and technology. 


2017

In 2017, RamTech 59 competed at the South Florida and Orlando Regional in the STEAMWORKS Challenge. Throughout this season, we as a team have improved significantly in programming, scouting, and various other aspects regarding our robot and team. At the South Florida Regional, we ranked 24th and advanced to the quarterfinals. Although we did not win, we were optimistic because we had one more chance to hone and perfect our skills. At the Orlando Regional, we ranked 10th. Despite not making it to the semi-finals, we stood proudly for being able to give the number one ranked team their only loss of the weekend. At the end of this year, we will be losing one of our senior members. 

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2016

In 2016, RamTech 59 competed at the South Florida Regional in the Stronghold Challenge. Throughout our build and competition season, we were able to excel in many new things; from trying out new sensors, to being able to get our famous RamTech spirit back (by bringing back our classic chants), to creating new helmets and even bringing our school cheerleaders and mascot to the South Florida Regional. In addition to attending the SFL Regional, we scouted at the Orlando Regional in order to better prepare ourselves for our competition. At South Florida we were able to advance to the Quarterfinal rounds although we were the 58th ranked team. We were also joined by our principal, Ms. Alicia Hidalgo. This year also marked the beginning of the Varsity Sport Initiative, headed by RamTech. Although we did not win any awards this year, we did feel a sense of accomplishment both in our robot and our team spirit. At the end of this year, we will unfortunately be losing one of our veteran drivers as he will be heading to college. 

2016 Team Photo with Ms. Alicia Hidalgo
2016 Team Photo with Ms. Alicia Hidalgo

2015

In 2015, RamTech 59 competed at the South Florida Regional in the Recycle Rush Challenge. This year proved to be a great year for us since our return in 2012. We were the 12th ranked team at the regional and were picked up by the 4th Seed Alliance that took us to the semi-final rounds. During 2015 we also did numerous amounts of outreach projects, such as a S.T.E.M. demonstration at eMerge Americas and at Marlins Park. In the following school year we also exhibited our Recycle Rush robot at a Barnes & Noble Maker Faire to encourage kids to pursue a career in a S.T.E.M field.

Team picture featuring the Army's EOD Bot
Team picture featuring the Army's EOD Bot

2014

In 2014, RamTech 59 competed at the South Florida Regional in the Aerial Assist Challenge. At the competition we ran into several problems with our bot, such as the arm for the ball retrieval breaking and our code breaking mid-match. However, through all of the problems we were able to place in 21st place giving us the first alternate position. Amidst it all we exhibited our robot to the Miami Dade County Public Schools' Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. 

Mr. Delahoz and Superintendent Carvalho
Mr. Delahoz and Superintendent Carvalho

2013

In 2013, RamTech 59 competed at the South Florida Regional in the Ultimate Ascent Challenge.

2013 Team Picture
2013 Team Picture

2012

In 2012, RamTech 59 competed at the South Florida Regional in the Rebound Rumble Challenge. 

2012 Team Picture
2012 Team Picture

2010 - 2011

From 2010 to 2011, RamTech 59 was inactive because of a lack of funds. We deeply regretted not being able to compete for those two years. 


2007

In 2007, RamTech 59 competed at the Las Vegas Regional in Nevada in the Rack ‘N’ Roll Challenge. We were able to win the DaimlerChrysler Team Spirit Award that year for our amazing spirit. We were also given the pleasure of being joined by our principal at the time, Dr. Nicholas Jacangelo.

2007 Team Photo with Dr. Nicholas Jacangelo
2007 Team Photo with Dr. Nicholas Jacangelo

2005

In 2005, RamTech 59 competed at the SBPLI Long Island Regional in the FIRST Triple Play Challenge. RamTech was able to win both the Imagery Award and the Engineering Inspiration Award.

2005 Team Photo
2005 Team Photo

2004

In 2004, RamTech 59 competed at both the Florida Regional and the National Championship in the FIRST Frenzy Challenge. 

2004 Team Picture
2004 Team Picture

2003

In 2003, RamTech 59 competed at both the Central Florida Regional and the Archimedes Division in Houston, Texas in the Stack Attack Challenge.

2003 Team Picture
2003 Team Picture

2002

In 2002, RamTech 59 competed at the NASA KSC Southeast Regional in the Zone Zeal Challenge.

RamTech sporting their jackets and robot
RamTech sporting their jackets and robot

2001

In 2001, RamTech 59 competed at both the NASA KSC Southeast Regional and the Galileo Division in Lake Buena, Florida, in the Diabolical Dynamics Challenge. RamTech was able to win at the Galileo Division.

2001 Team Picture
2001 Team Picture

2000

In 2000, RamTech 59 competed at both the NASA KSC Southeast Regional and the National Championship, in the Co-opertition FIRST Challenge. 

2000 Team Picture
2000 Team Picture

1999

In 1999, RamTech 59 competed at both the NASA KSC Southeast Regional and the National Championship in Orlando, Florida, in the Double Trouble Challenge. At the Kennedy Space Center Regional, RamTech 59 won the DaimlerChrysler Team Spirit Award.

1999 Robot Picture - Courtesy of NASA
1999 Robot Picture - Courtesy of NASA

1997

In 1997, RamTech 59 competed at the National Championship in Orlando, Florida, in the Toroid Terror Challenge. This marked the beginning of a legacy of RamTech 59. Students from the Engineering Magnet Program built a robot which they named RamTech for the F.I.R.S.T. (“For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”) competition in Orlando. Coral Park won the Daniel Webster Scholarship for most student involvement.

1997 FIRST Team 59 Picture
1997 FIRST Team 59 Picture