Announcement Date: January 1, 2013

Ultimate Ascent

Team Photo 2012-2013 (1) 

3824-21 (1)During their third year, Team 3824 started using carbon fiber composites to reduce the weight of the robot, in addition to using 3-D printing. The hard work paid off; they came away with several prizes including Engineering Excellence Award sponsored by Delphi at both Palmetto and Smoky Mountain Regional. At the FIRST Championships in St. Louis, they made it to the elimination rounds in the Curie division.



  • RoHAWKtics Mentors at ORNL pushed for and paid in part for the introduction of 3D printers in FIRST Choice.
  • The team began their glasses for Ghana fundraiser. They collected calculators and glasses with the help of our community and donated them to Dr. Lane, in which he took them on his visit to Ghana in which he prescribes glasses to children in need and he gave the calculator to the area’s local school.
  • Through the Alcoa Regional Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (RAMP), the team assisted LJ Robinson in promoting TN FIRST. The also talked to local manufactures and companies, and talked about the importance of STEM education.
  • Team members attended Bluegrass Elementary’s STEM night where they showed the robot and a small 3D printer to the students.
  • The team showcased our competition bot and our promo-bot to students and parents at Sequoyah Hills Elementary School Engineering Night. The also talked to them about FIRST, FLL, and our program.IMG_3939
  • The team attended the Farragut Fourth of July Parade and walked in the parade to spread word of FIRST, giving out flyers and candy, along with past years robots on a Fourth of July Float they made.
  • The team presented the ideals of FIRST, the importance of STEM education, and they presented our competition robot at the 2013 Optimist Club.
  • Team 3824 showcased the robot at the Dogwood Elementary Art Show to the elementary school students and spoke to them about FLL and the Smoky Mountain Regional, introducing them to the world of robotics.
  • The team talked to Governor Haslam and other dignitaries about our program and we showcased our robot at the Carbon Fiber Facility Ribbon Cutting.
  • Team started and  hosted the first FLL qualifying tournament in East TN. This has become an annual event that the team hosts. 
  • In Orlando, Florida at the Defense Manufacturing Conference the showcased their robot and highlighted ingenuity and partnership at the MDF between FIRST teams.
  • NAMIIAt Youngstown, Ohio at the
    National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), a government initiative in additive manufacturing, our team displayed our robot and spoke to many CEOs and important individuals about the program, such as Under Secretary of Defense, the Chief
    Economic Advisor to the White House, and the Secretary of Congress.
  • Team 3824 presented their robot and spoke at a Y-12 FRC Event.
  • The team hosted an event in which they invited our sponsors and community leaders to the MDF, where they were given a tour of the facility and showed them all the team does as a FIRST team.
  • At the 2013 National Engineering Forum Regional Dialogue team members spoke to university individuals, businessmen, and scientists about FRC and they showcased their competition robot.
  • Team 3824 hosted the 2013 FIRST Kick-Off in Conjunction with UT at the MDF, showing a field team Alumni built with Tech 20/20 and streamed the NASA Kick-Off.
  • Team 3824 continued to host lunch and learn.
  • The team continued to bring their promobot to school functions. E5D_3420
  • The team continued to offer assistance at STEM Camp hosted by Hardin Valley Academy.


  • Kevin Dopatka: University of Tennessee
  • Matt Love: Ohio State University
  • Thomas Parham: University of Tennessee
  • Sam Shadwell: Rice University
  • Derek Siddel: University of Tennessee