Highland High school was involved with one of the first teams to join First, team 64. team 64, or the Gila Monsters was a combination of Highland and two other local schools, and competed in the FRC competition. This team had a huge GM sponsorship during the time.
Eventually the 3 schools that made up the Gila Monsters split up because GM had stopped their sponsorship and made their own teams in 2006, and team 39, the Aero squadron was created as Highland’s team. It did very well as an FRC team, but sadly, the main mentor, Mr. Lloyd, died of cancer in 2007. Frank Neuperger and a Dr Steeno continued to dedicate much of their time to the team as mentors, but as more and more parent mentors left including Dr Steeno, FRC became too much for our now small team and team 39 became team 4314 when we decided to compete in FTC instead.
While our team was now too small to compete in the FRC competition, we decided to still take part in First, and joined the FTC competition as team 4314, still known as the Aero squadron. After making it to the world championship our rookie year in 2011, and we made it to the world championships again in 2012. In 2013 we came up short and got second at two regional in both Las Vegas and Flagstaff. Which brings us to current times
During the FRC build season, we lend our machining and coding skills to team number 842, known as Falcon Robotics. They go to Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix Arizona.You can check out their team and accomplishments here!
Our team takes part in various other non First affiliated competitions mostly involving robotics. In these other competitions, our team name is 0x27, which is 39 in hexadecimal.Click here to go to the 0x27 Team Website Click here to go to the Sparksfun website
Here is a video from last years Sparksfun's Autonomus Vehicle Competition: