Team History

The Rockets Since 1996!

The Rocket City Robotics competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition as “Team 34”. The team has a rich history of success to grow and build upon. Understanding where you have been lays a firm foundation to where you are going.


1996

  • Chrysler Huntsville Electronics sets out to find local High Schools interested in starting a team
  • Bob Jones High School take up Chrysler on their amazing offer.
  • A team is born and dubbed “Rocket City Robotics” as the team members begin work on the first robot!
  • Team 34 is the first FIRST team in Alabama

1997

  • Attend FIRST Robotics Nationals at Epcot placed 9th out of 113

1998

  • Top 9 in the AutoDesk Submission
  • 1 of 12 Teams in the United States invited by FIRST to participate in the “Havoc on the Hill” Competition at the Congressional Rayburn Building in Washington DC.

1999

  • Top 5 in the AutoDesk Submission
  • Host of Pilot State Tournament FLL
  • Day One Daimler and Chrysler merge

2000

  • “Driving Tomorrow’s Technology” Award
  • Regional Quarter Finalist 2000 — Virginia Regional formerly known as South Atlantic Regional
  • 2000 Voted Favorite “Sharing FIRST” Team
  • “Amazing Kids” Award Recipient 2000
  • Top 5 in AutoDesk Submission
  • Incorporated New Century Technology High School into Team 34

2001

  • Lone Star Regional Finalist 2001

2002

  • Lone Star Regional Winners
  • Third seed at St. Louis Regional
  • Incorporated Butler High School into Team 34

2003

  • Peachtree Regional Winners
  • Peachtree Best Website Award
  • Peachtree Team Spirit Award
  • Peachtree Motorola Quality Award
  • Peachtree 3rd Place Autodesk Submission
  • Lone Star Regional Winner
  • Lone Star Regional Winner
  • Lone Star Best Website Award
  • Judge’s Award
  • KPCB Award
  • Lone Star 2nd Place Autodesk Submission
  • Quarter Finalist National Championship

2004

  • Peachtree Finalist
  • Peachtree Engineering Inspiration Award
  • Peachtree Website Award
  • Palmetto Xerox Creativity Award
  • Palmetto Website
  • Day One Siemens VDO purchases Daimler/Chrysler Huntsville Electronics

2005

  • Incorporated Limestone County Career Technical Center into Team 34
  • 6th Seed at Peachtree Regional
  • Imagery Award Palmetto Regional
  • Peachtree Woodie Flowers Award

2006

  • Sacramento Best Website Award
  • Peachtree KPCB Award
  • Palmetto KPCB Award
  • UL Safety Award

2007

  • Continental purchases Siemens VDO Automotive
  • Bayou Regional Quarter Finalist
  • J & J Sportsmanship Award Bayou Regional
  • Honorable Mention — Safety Fundamentals Bayou Regional

2008

  • Peachtree Regional Best Website Award
  • Peachtree Regional Chairman’s Award
  • Peachtree Regional Finalist — Silver Medal
  • FIRST Website Excellence Award
  • Bayou Regional — Semi Finalist

2009

  • Peachtree Regional Quarter Finalist
  • Peachgree Regional Best Website Award
  • FIRST Website Excellence Award
  • Johnson & Johnson Gracious Professionalism Award
  • Lone Star Regional Semi Finalist
  • Lone Star Regional — Chrysler Team Spirit Award
  • Lone Star Honorable Mention — Safety Fundamental

2010

  • Peachtree Regional Finalist — 2nd in robot competition out of 50 teams
  • Motorola Quality Award
  • Team Safety Award
  • Ed Sparks, an industry mentor, received the Peachtree Regional Woodie Flowers Award

2011

  • Bayou Regional Quarter Finalist
  • Bayou Regional Industrial Design Award
  • Smokey Mountain Regional Semi Finalist

2012

  • Peachtree Regional Quarter Finalist
  • Motorola Quality Award

2013

  • North Carolina Regional Quarter Finalist

2015

  • Bayou Regional Quarter Finalist

2016

  • Arkansas Rock City Regional Quarter Finalist
  • Rocket City Regional Quarter Finalist

2017

  • St. Louis City Regional Finalist and Wild Card Winner
  • Rocket City Regional Semi Finalist