We are TerrorBytes Robotics(FRC Team 4561) based out of Research Triangle High School in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Since the start of our team half a decade ago, we’ve used our core values to build better people and spread the word of STEM. We are a talented group of highschoolers that strive to build, innovate, design, improve, and help inspire themselves as well as others to reach greater heights. Yearly, we attend the FIRST Robotics Competition in North Carolina, as well as mentor other teams and hold community outreaches for school, businesses and other organizations in our area.
The Foundation for the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) runs a number of robotics programs, including FIRST Junior Lego League (FLL Jr), FIRST Lego League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). We participate in FRC, which is an international competition of robots created by high school students. The robots have to complete specific goals as part of a game released each year in early January.
Our student participants derive a number of benefits from our team, including skills in advanced CAD and manufacturing, computer programming, electronics, and project management. We place a large portion of team administrative responsibilities on our students, allowing students to learn and experience leadership in real life. Further than just direct skills, as a TerrorByte each student also gets to be part of a tight-knit community rarely found elsewhere in high school.
During the 2017 competition season, our team advanced all the way to the divisional semifinals at the FIRST Championship in Houston. Here’s what we did there: