Team 2537 was formed in 2007 with 7 students and a handful of mentors. The modest wood shop at Atholton High School provided a place to meet and sufficient tools to build a basic robot. Half wood and chicken wire, the early robots were typical of a rookie team – reasonably functional and well intentioned. However, to call Team 2537 anything other than a Robot Club would be an overstatement.
Fall 2013 saw the birth of the new Team 2537. We wanted to focus not just on engineering excellence but on FIRST values. We wanted to be a role model for other teams, expand our outreach, support other FIRST teams, and provide a well-rounded experience for all team members. We defined mission and vision statements, and set strategic goals. Winning the competition will always be a goal, but it is no longer our sole focus. In
In Fall 2013, Team 2537 experienced explosive growth, to a team of 72 active students. Our philosophy is that this team is for all who want to join. We do not test or interview prospective team members. We fully embrace that the rookie member may not know how to code or work the tools. The only thing we ask is for them to dedicate their time to the team.
The 2013-2014 season was a renaissance for Team 2537. Our business team’s efforts resulted in winning the Entrepreneurship Award at the Greater Washington DC Regional Competition. The robot finished as a finalist as well – our best finish ever. Our Integration Captain was selected as one of the Dean’s List Finalists at the Chesapeake Regional Competition. In the off-season, Team 2537 was the alliance captain and won the Battle of Baltimore, followed by a finalist finish at the ILITE Robotics off-season IROC event.
In 2015, we continued our success, once again winning the Entreprenuership Award at the Greater Washington D.C. Regional, and once again, celebrating a team member’s success as a Dean’s List Finalist. Additionally we were picked by the 4th seeded alliance at DC to compete in the quarterfinals and the 6th seeded alliance at Chesapeake. We were one point off making it to the semifinals at Chesapeake. It was an awesome season and we look forword to continued success.
These successes, based on our new team priorities, reinforced the message that FIRST is more than building robots. FIRST is a philosophy for growing both the technical, social, and professional skills for future success.