The History of Team Hero
"The varsity Sport for the Mind," FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.
The Petal High School Robotics team participates in FIRST Robotics (FRC). Our robots weigh up to 125 pounds and often extend to well over 5 feet in height.
PHS Robotics was the first Robotics team in the Petal School District, in 2019-2020, all 5 schools have robotics teams and PHS Team Hero students assist them with their build season and their competitions.
FIRST Robotics Team 2190 was formed with the help of NASA and Lisa Walker, former Science Teacher at Petal High School, in 2006. Lisa Walker and Tracy Sustaita served as the advisors at the 2007 Kickoff. From the first Saturday in January, teams have six weeks to build a functional robot that can sucessfully carry out the game's objectives. The game is new and different each year and is teased, but not released, until that January Kickoff. Team Hero meets at least three times per week during build season to complete the robot, working after school and on weekends.
Team Hero 2190 competed in the Bayou Regional in New Orleans, Louisiana in March 2007. At the end of regular competition, our Panther Peril Robot placed 13th out of 37. We managed to make our way to the finals, but we were cut short in the first game.
Petal's 2007-2008 team consisted of two advisors: Tracy Sustaita and Krystin Holmes, both high school career and technical education teachers. The team also consisted of Sam Impastato and Greg Bryant, both professional engineers, and 17 students that ranged from grades from 9th to 12th. In 2008 we traveled to the Bayou Regional in New Orleans on March 27th and competed on March 28th and 29th. Our team worked very hard.
In 2009, Team Hero traveled to Houston, TX for the Lone Star Regional. We took 14 students, 2 advisors, and 3 engineers. Placing in the top 15 the first day of competition, our alliances were very difficult and on day 2, we fell to 30 out of 62 teams. Our robot performed perfect! Our team members competed with gracious professionalism and worked very hard to achieve the goal and all in all, we were pleased with our performance in Houston. This year, BAE Systems joined the team with donations and engineering assistance.
In 2010, Team Hero traveled back to Bayou Regional at the Alario Center in Westwego, LA. Kick-off was on January 9th at Stennis Space Center. At the Kick-off, they find out what the game is and rules and strategies of the game so work can begin. Kohler Industries came on board to help us with donations and engineering help with William Sharp and Darren Lanyon.
In 2010-2011 Team Hero traveled back to Bayou Regional at the Alario Center in Westwego, LA.
For the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Team Hero traveled to Knoxville, TN for the Smokey Mountain Regionals.
2013-2014 Team Hero participated in the Alamo and Bayou Regional. At the Alamo Regional, which was hosted in Texas, we placed in the top 10 teams that year.
2014-2015 Team Hero competed at the Bayou regional hosted in Louisiana.
2015-2016 Team Hero embarked on a new challenge, the Rocket City Regional, in Huntsville, Alabama.
2017, 2018, and 2019 took us back to Tennesse for the Smokey Mountain Regional.
Our 2019-2020 team will compete in both the Bayou Regional in Kenner, LA and the Rocket City Regional in Huntsville, AL.