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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2013, RamTech 59 competed at the South Florida Regional in the Ultimate Ascent Challenge.
In 2012, RamTech 59 competed at the South Florida Regional in the Rebound Rumble Challenge.
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.
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.
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.
In 2004, RamTech 59 competed at both the Florida Regional and the National Championship in the FIRST Frenzy Challenge.
In 2003, RamTech 59 competed at both the Central Florida Regional and the Archimedes Division in Houston, Texas in the Stack Attack Challenge.
In 2002, RamTech 59 competed at the NASA KSC Southeast Regional in the Zone Zeal Challenge.
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.
In 2000, RamTech 59 competed at both the NASA KSC Southeast Regional and the National Championship, in the Co-opertition FIRST Challenge.
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.
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.