Bacon

About Us

Where Pigs Fly

Exploding Bacon is a 4-H Club that participates in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The FIRST Robotics Competition, called the Sport of the Mind by many, is “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Students participate in a 6 week build season, where they have to build a 120 pound robot that has to play that year’s game. During these 6 weeks, the students strategize, prototype, design, build, wire, and program their own robot. After the 6 weeks, the team then attends regional competitions where the students compete with their robot against dozens of other like-minded teams for both victory and awards.

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, winning more than 50 awards in the past 12 seasons and qualifying for the world championship every year but once.

But, just like FIRST, Exploding Bacon isn’t just about building robots. This team is about building people. Our students learn skills that not only will help them compete, but will prepare them to go out into the world. Students can gain skills such as programming, design, CAD (Computer Aided Design),  and public speaking. 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 Level: High School students

Link to FIRST: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc

Season: Year-Round
2018 Season opening soon
Registration and Student Info

Our FIRST Robotics Competition 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 were in 2017: 

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

See our competition results on our awards page!