Poudre School District's Alpine Robotics Team 159 is the oldest FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team in Colorado. Started by a Poudre High School math teacher in 1998, the team traveled to Seattle for regional FIRST competitions before interest in developing teams spread across Colorado.
Students work with adult mentors to design, build, and program robots to compete in a field game each year; our robots have shot projectiles, climbed poles, balanced on boards, and deployed mini-bots to score game points. We have won awards for supporting FIRST's values, and one of our mentors recently won the regional FIRST mentor's award. The team has supported other FRC and Lego League teams and has demonstrated our bots at local schools and businesses to increase support for STEM education.
In 2019, a group of parents and mentors created a new fundraising organization to support the team. As a 501(c)(3) organization, FIRST Team 159 Alpine Robotics is able to participate in grant funding and other opportunities that may not be open to school districts. After competition was limited to online challenges in 2020, the group is now reaching out to sponsors and individuals to raise the funds needed to continue the team.