About Us

Where Pigs Fly

Exploding Bacon is a 4-H Club that participates in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Our team has been thriving and growing since it’s inception in 2006. At the first meeting that year there was a total of six kids and three adult mentors for the team. By kickoff, which was only the second meeting, the team had grown to ten kids from four different schools, and roughly six adult mentors. Since then the team has grown and been awarded more than 50 awards in the past 12 seasons.

But, just like FIRST, Exploding Bacon isn’t just about building robots. This team is about building people. Our students learn skills that will help them compete. In addition to what the students learn, they participate in a wide range of community outreach projects from educational robotic demonstration events to helping those in need. Please check out the impressive and consistent history of impacting our community.

Age Levels: High School students

Link to FIRST:

Season: year round
Deadline to join 2016 Season: January 19, 2017
2017 Season opens July 18, 2016

FRC Lead:
Elise Cronin-Hurley, Email

Click here for Current Students and Officers

Where we’ve competed:

  • FIRST World Championship: 2006-2010 and 2012-2017
  • Orlando Regional: 2006-2017
  • Bayou Regional: 2008 and 2017
  • Inaugural Rocket City Regional (Alabama): 2016
  • Panther Prowl: 2012-2016
  • Roboticon: 2015 and 2016
  • Inaugural Georgia Southern Classic Regional: 2015
  • South Florida Regional: 2012-2014
  • Indiana Robotics Invitational: 2007-2013
  • Palmetto Regional (South Carolina): 2011
  • Tempest -N- Tampa: 2007-2009 and 2011
  • North Carolina Regional: 2010
  • Connecticut Regional:  2009
  • Mission Mayhem (Ft. Lauderdale): 2006-2008
  • Las Vegas Regional: 2007
  • Lone Star Regional (Houston): 2006

 Where we competed in 2017: 

Orlando Regional: March 9th – 11th
Bayou Regional: March 22nd – 25th
Houston Championship: April 19th – 22nd; George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

See our competition results on our awards page.