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Team Accomplishments

FIRST® Team 79 Krunch has earned numerous awards and recognitions at our competitions throughout the years for which we are proud; however, our greatest accomplishment is when the perception about STEM is changed in our society. 

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In November 2005, FIRST® Team 79 Krunch was awarded the Hunter’s Humanitarian Award by Lexington Homes, Inc. and the AmeriLex Foundation for our work in the design and construction of a robotics-themed bedroom.

 

Team 79 Krunch was contacted by ABC-TV to participate in an episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” featuring the Dolan family in Seminole, FL. Team 79 Krunch’s assignment was to transform a 12- by 14-foot bedroom into a cyber-wonderland for 12-year-old Charlie Dolan whose father was shot and blinded in a shooting rampage at a local RadioShack.

With only one week to complete, Team 79 Krunch feverishly worked to create its designs for Charlie's room, which featured a 5-foot remote-controlled robotic arm mounted from the ceiling. It hung over a 10-foot L-shaped clear acrylic desk. Under the desk's hinged top is a playing field with several miniature robots Team 79 Krunch’s students built.

Watch Team 79 Krunch in action and Charlie’s bedroom on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Season 2, Episode 21 (Part 1 & 2)

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In 2012, Team 79 Krunch members were honored by the governments of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties for being an inspiration to young people and promoting STEM education. These proclamations established a special "Robotic and STEM Education" week. Later in 2013, we were proclaimed by Pasco County for our outstanding summer internship program through our corporate sponsors and community partners. These recognitions from 3 counties reached over 2.6 million people in our community.

In 2015, partnering with MITRE Corporation, FIRST® Robotics, Kettering University, and the Career Technical Education Foundation (“CTEF”), several Team 79 Krunch members participated in an 8-month internship program faced with the challenge of designing, building, and programming an underwater unmanned vehicle capable of exploring sub-aquatic environments up to 100 foot depths. After 3 months, it performed before an audience of college professors, heads of engineering companies, and government sponsors. Upon completion, Team 79 Krunch members travelled to MacDill Air Force Base and presented their work to Army and Navy officials along with other FIRST® teams from around the state.

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Due to the success of underwater vehicle project, CTEF and MITRE joined with the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to work with more Team 79 Krunch members on a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS). This time, our students, along with 5 other FRC teams in Florida, were asked to research, design, and prototype parts of an "Iron Man" suit to reduce human exposure in hazardous situations.

2022-2023 – Charged Up

Rotary International

  • Interact Club of the Year Finalist

 

2020-2021 – Infinite Recharge

Orlando Florida Regional

  • Woodie Flowers Finalist Award

 

2019 – Destination Deep Space

Orlando Florida Regional

  • FCA Foundation Team Spirit Award

 

2018 – FIRST Power Up

Orlando Florida Regional

  • FCA Foundation Team Spirit Award

 

2017 – FIRST Steamworks

Rocket City Regional

  • Regional Finalists

 

2016 – FIRST Stronghold

Orlando Florida Regional

  • FCA Foundation Team Spirit Award

 

2015 – Recycle Rush

Chesapeake Regional

  • General Motors Industrial Design Award

 

2014 – Aerial Assist

Orlando Florida Regional

  • Regional Winner

  • Dean’s List Finalist Award

Peachtree Atlanta Regional

  • Engineering Inspiration Award

 

2013 – Ultimate Ascent

Orlando Florida Regional

  • Regional Winner

  • Dean’s List Finalist Award

Washington DC Regional

  • Regional Finalist Winner

  • Chrysler Team Spirit Award

 

2012 – Rebound Rumble

Orlando Florida Regional

  • KPC&B Entrepreneurship Award

South Florida Regional

  • Regional Finalist

  • Regional Chairman’s Award

2011 – Logo Motion

Florida Regional

  • Judges Award

Smoky Mountain Regional

  • Regional Chairman’s Award

 

2010 - Breakaway

Florida Regional

  • Engineering Inspiration Award

  • Dean’s List Finalist Award

North Carolina Regional

  • Chrysler Team Spirit Award

2009 - Lunacy

Florida Regional

  • Motorola Quality Award

  • Regional Finalist

Minnesota North Star Regional

  • Regional Winner

  • KPC&B Entrepreneurship Award

  • Motorola Quality Award

2008 – FIRST Overdrive

Florida Regional

  • Motorola Quality Award

 

2007 – Rack “N’ Roll

Florida Regional

  • Regional Chairman’s Award

  • Governor’s Award

Las Vegas Regional

  • Johnson & Johnson Sportsmanship Award

FIRST Championship

  • Galileo Division Championship Finalist

  • Xerox Creativity Award

 

2006 – AIM High

Florida Regional

  • Florida Regional Champions

  • Hunter Humanitarian Award

Las Vegas Regional

Regional Chairman’s Award

2005 – Triple Play

Florida Regional

  • Regional Chairman’s Award

  • Governor’s Award

FIRST Championship

  • Judge’s Award

 

2004 – FIRST Frenzy

Florida Regional

  • DaimlerChrysler Team Spirit Award

Colorado Regional

  • Regional Chairman’s Award

  • GM Industrial Design Award

  • DaimlerChrysler Team Spirit Award

 

2003 – Stack Attack

Florida Regional

  • Regional Chairman’s Award

  • Regional Finalist

Granite State Regional

  • KPC&B Entrepreneurship Award

 

2002 – Zone Zeal

Motorola Midwest Regional

  • Judge’s Award

  • Regional Finalist

 

2000 – Coopertition FIRST

Florida Regional

  • Johnson & Johnson Sportsmanship Award

  • Imagery Award

 

1999 – Double Trouble

Florida Regional

  • Outstanding Defense Award

 

1998 – Ladder Logic

Houston Texas Regional

  • Rookie All Star Award

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