Team History

Since our first year as a team in  2007  we have grown from a team of only 9 students and 2 mentors to a fully functioning,  community-based team of 23 students and 11 mentors that is open to anyone. In 2009, The Flying Platypi incorporated and obtained 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Being the first team in the state to do so, this helped us achieve team sustainability and, as a fundraising platform, it helped us raise money not for only our team, but also for other FIRST teams. We have worked hard to maintain student-based leadership with student corporate officers and an adult board. Our team’s success has been significantly bolstered by our gracious sponsors, many of whom have been with us for 8+ years.

Below we have listed a brief summary of our performance over the years.

2016

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Game: Stronghold

Projects:

~ Represented NC at the National Advocacy Conference

~ Hosted robotics portion of the annual Tech SAAVY event

~ OHM Zone (Collaborative Practice and Work Space)

Events We Attended:

~ Asheville District Comp.

~ Campbell District Comp.

~ Guildford District Comp.

~ North Carolina State Comp.

~ Archimedes Division at World Comp.

Awards We Won: 

~ Winner at Asheville District Comp.

~ Winner at Campbell District Comp.

~ Finalist at Guilford District Comp.

~ Chairman’s Award at Asheville District Comp.

~ Entrepeneurship Award at Guilford District Comp.

~ Safety Award at Asheville District Comp.


2015
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Game: Recycle Rush

Projects:

~ NC FIRST License Plate

~ Represented NC at the National Advocacy Conference

~ Started 4 unoffcial FLL teams in Piedras Negras, Coah, Mexico

~ Started writing a curriculum to teach at the Tech SAAVY event

Events We Attented:

~ Palmetto Regional Comp.

~ Boilermaker Regional Comp.

~ Buckeye Regional Comp.

~ Archimedes Division at World Comp.

Awards We Won:

~ Woodie Flowers Finalist at Buckeye Regional Comp.

~ Engineering Inspiration at Palmetto Regional Comp.

~ Entrepreneurship at Boilermaker, Buckeye and Palmetto Regional Comps.

 ~ Engineering Inspiration at Boilermaker Regional Comp.


2014

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Game: Aerial Assist

Projects:

~ Represented NC at the National Advocacy Conference

Events We Attended:

~ Palmetto Regional Comp.

~ Boilmaker Regional Comp.

~ Archimedes Division at World Comp.

Awards We Won:

~ Chairman’s Award at Boilmaker Regional Comp.


2013

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Game: Ultimate Ascent

Projects:

~ Founded 4 unofficial FLL teams in Boquete, Panama

~ Helped host a FLL training workshop

Events We Attended:

~ Palmetto Regional Comp.

~ NC Regional Comp.

~ Newton Division at World Comp.

Awards We Won: 

~ Regional Finalist at NC Regional Comp.

~ Entrepreneurship Award at NC Regional Comp.

~ Dean’s List Recipient (Lindsay Davenport) at NC Regional Comp.

~ Engineering Inspiration at Palmetto Regional Comp.

~ Underwriters Laboratory Hard Hat Award at Palmetto Regional Comp.


2012

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Game: Rebound Rumble

Events We Attended:

~ Peachtree Regional Comp.

~ NC Regional Comp.

Awards We Won: 

~ Best Website Award at Peachtree Regional Comp.

~ Underwriters Laboratory Hard Hat Award at Peachtree Regional Comp.

~ Gracious Professionalism Award at Peachtree Regional Comp.

~ Best Website Award at NC Regional Comp.

~ Entrepreneurship Award at NC Regional Comp.

~ Dean’s List Finalist (Annalise Weing) at NC Regional Comp.


2011

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Game: Logo Motion

Events We Attended:

~ Peachtree Regional Comp.

~ NC Regional Comp.

~ Newton Division at World Comp.

Awards We Won: 

~ Chairman’s Award at NC Regional Comp.

~ Best Website Award at Peachtree Regional Comp.

~ Best Website Award at NC Regional Comp.

~ Underwriters Laboratory Hard Hat Award at Peachtree Regional Comp.

~ Underwriters Laboratory Hard Hat Award at NC Regional Comp.


2010

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Game: Breakaway

Events We Attended:

~ Peachtree Regional Comp.

~ NC Regional Comp.

Awards We Won: 

~ Judge’s Award at Peachtree Regional Comp.


2009

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Game: Lunacy

Projects:

~ Obtained a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status

Events We Attended:

~ Peachtree Regional Comp.

~ Archimedes Division at World Comp.

Awards We Won: 

~ Winner at Peachtree Regional Comp.


2008

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Our team as CYBER, before we became The Flying Platypi.

Game: Overdrive

Events We Attended:

~ Peachtree Regional Comp.