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South Florida Regional

Helping us to promote FIRST® and STEM throughout our community and beyond, over the years FIRST® Team 79 Krunch has been featured on local and national Fox, PBS, NBC, Discovery Channel, and CNN programs and in local and regional newspapers.


Check out FIRST® Team 79 Krunch in the West Palm Beach News (WPBF 25 News) at the 2023 FIRST® South Florida Regional Robotics Competition


“Dolphin Tale” – Winter the Dolphin

In 2012, Team 79 Krunch had the opportunity to showcase FIRST® and STEM with a visit by our robot to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of the star of 'Dolphin Tale', Winter the Dolphin. FIRST® Team 79, shown on three different news stations, was seen throughout the Tampa Bay area, relaying the message of FIRST® to over 1 million residents. Check out one of the broadcasts on Fox 13 News

ABC-TV “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

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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