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TECHHOUNDS

TEAM 868

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ABOUT TEAM 868

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Mission

The TechHOUNDS strive to provide an innovative, team-based experience that fosters appreciation and love of STEM through robotics, outreach, and strong team-community relationships, all while developing the technical and communication skills vital in the modern world.

WHO WE ARE

FIRST Team 868 was founded in 2001 by Carmel High School architecture teacher David Smith. With a mere twelve students and a single mentor, the team quickly established a name in the robotics community, winning the Rookie All-Star Award, becoming finalists on Einstein, and soon after garnering support within the Carmel community.

Since then, the team has steadily gained attention and participation, featuring 138 students and 38 mentors in the 2016 season. Our students represent a unique, diverse subset of Carmel's population that all have a intense passion for STEM fields. We have 42 independent sponsoring companies, and our strong, long-term relationships have allowed employees from corporations such as Rolls Royce and Delphi to serve as mentors. This effective team structure has allowed us to develop great community relationships, provide STEM experiences to the public, and compete on the highest level of FIRST robotics.

In addition, TechHOUNDS is heavily dedicated to spreading the message of FIRST in the community by promoting STEM, as well as volunteering to help improve the quality of life for all of our community members. Each year, we participate and sustain a variety of outreach events, demonstrations, and activities that make our community better. Our current emphasize lies in increasing minority representation in STEM, inspiring young students to pursue STEM education, and partnering STEM and special needs.

FIRST

Vision

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 and based in Manchester, New Hampshire that fosters the appreciation of science, engineering, technology, and innovation in youth all over the world. Founder Dean Kamen aspires to fulfill his vision:

"to create a world where science and technology are celebrated... where young people dream of being science and technology heroes."

Thus, this organization has embarked on a mission

"to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership."

FIRST also runs by a policy of "gracious professionalism," which emphasizes quality workmanship, respect, and kindness.

Leadership

Dean Kamen
Founder & President
Sheri S. McCoy
Board of Directors
Co-Chair
Robert M. Tuttle
Board of Directors
Co-Chair
Dr. Woodie Flowers
Executive Advisory Board
Chairman

AWARDS

The awards that TechHOUNDS has obtained reflect the success and hard work each member has put into the team. We have been fortunate enough to have won a major judged award in almost every competition, including the Woodie Flowers Award, an award which recognizes mentors who lead, inspire, and empower using excellent communication skills, for one of our mentors. Each year, we aspire to play in the finals of the International Championship.

2017 - Steamworks

Tippecanoe District Event - Chairman's Award Winner
Indiana State Championship - Quality Award Winner

2016 - Stronghold

Tippecanoe District Event - Chairman's Award Winner
Indianapolis/Warren District Event - District Event Winners
Indianapolis/Warren District Event - Quality Award
Queen City Regional Event - Regional Event Winner
Queen City Regional Event - Innovation in Control Award
Indiana State Championship - District Championship Finalist
Indiana State Championship - Regional Chairman's Award Winner
CAGE Match - Event Winner

2015 - Recycle Rush

Indianapolis District Event - Excellence in Engineering
Purdue District Event - Innovation in Control

2014 - Aerial Assist

Indiana FIRST State Championship - State Champions
International Championship - Quarterfinalisits
International Championship - Excellence in Engineering Award
Queen City Regional - Industrial Design Award
Queen City Regional - Regional Finalists
Queen City Regional - Wildcard Winner
Boilermaker Regional - Dean's List Finalist Award to Jacob Swiezy
Boilermaker Regional - Excellence in Engineering Award
Boilermaker Regional - Semifinalists
Crossroads Regional - Innovation in Control Award
Crossroads Regional - Semifinalists

2013 - Ultimate Ascent

Indiana FIRST State Championship - State Champions
International Championship - Quarterfinalists
Crossroads Regional - Regional Winner
Boilermaker Regional - Regional Winner
Boilermaker Regional - Industrial Design Award

2012 - Rebound Rumble

Wisconsin Regional - Xerox Creativity Award
Boilermaker Regional - Engineering Inspiration Award

2011 - Logo Motion

Wisconsin Regional - Semifinalists
Boilermaker Regional - Delphi Engineering Excellence Award
Boilermaker Regional - Quarterfinalists

2010 - Breakaway

Greater Kansas City Regional - Website Award
Greater Kansas City Regional - Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award
Boilermaker Regional - Xerox Creativity Award
Boilermaker Regional - Regional Winner

2009 - Lunacy

Buckeye Regional - Regional Finalist
Boilermaker Regional - Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award
Boilermaker Regional - Regional Winner

2008 - Overdrive

Boilermaker Regional - Autodesk Visualization Award
Boilermaker Regional - Woodie Flowers Award to Mr. Dave Smith
Indiana Robotics Invitational - Best Lapper Award

2007 - Rack 'n Roll

Boilermaker Regional - Xerox Creativity Award

2006 - Aim High

International Championship - Xerox Creativity Award
Pittsburgh Regional - Xerox Creativity Award
Pittsburgh Regional - Autodesk Visualization Award
Pittsburgh Regional - UL Safety FIRST Award
Boilermaker Regional - GM Industrial Design Award
Boilermaker Regional - Autodesk Visualization Award

2005 - Triple Play

International Championship - Autodesk Rising Star Visualization Award
Boilermaker Regional - Entrepreneurship Award
Boilermaker Regional - Autodesk Visualization Award
Western Michigan Regional - Delphi Driving Tomorrow's Technology Award
Indiana Robotics Invitational - Championship Winner

2004 - Raising the Bar

International Championship - Galileo Division Champion, Runner-Up
International Championship - Delphi Golden Gear Award

2003 - Stack Attack

International Championship - GM Industrial Design Award
St. Louis Regional - Entrepreneurship Award
Atlanta Regional - GM Industrial Design Award