Team History 

2011 was our rookie year. We were spun off of Team 342 "The Burning Magnetos". We had a lot to do last year: Form a team, recruit students, pick a team name, design a logo, and enter in the Autodesk Design Excellence 3D animation contest. All that plus design and build a robot and enter in the Palmetto Regional Competition. Our robot didn't do too well at Palmetto, but we had fun, learned a lot and won the Rookie Inspiration Award. 7 months later, using our same robot but with a little more driver experience, we did much better at the "SCRIW" pre-season scrimmage in Columbia SC.

 Team 3489 Wins Rookie Inspiration Award!

At the March 25, 2011 Palmetto Regional awards ceremony we were given the Rookie Inspiration Award, which "celebrates a rookie team for outstanding effort as a FIRST team in community outreach and recruiting students to engineering."

"Phase IV" MiniBot Testing Video, March 2011:

Button Design Contest:
After voting on the button designs, (drumroll please), the winner is button #2! We have 500 buttons to pass out at regionals.


Our Robot Shipped!
At 3:00 pm today (February 22, 2011) FedEx showed up to pick up our and Team 342's robots.  Next stop, the Palmetto Regional!


FIRST Robotics Book
"The New Cool" by Neal Bascomb is the astonishing story of a team of high school seniors and their remarkable mentor, who come together—not to play a sport or exercise their athletic prowess—but rather to build a machine that will battle in the most heated, sophisticated robotics contest in the world. The FIRST competition, sponsored by genius inventor Dean Kamen, is jumpstarting American innovation for the next generation—and beyond.

"Outstanding...Neal Bascomb has penned an indelible portrait of a team on a mission that may ultimately be reckoned one of the defining books of the decade."          —Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST

Animation Team  Meets Deadline
Jon Lucas & Chris Waggoner finished their entry in the Auto desk "Excellence in Design" animation contest. Click here for more information.