Elmer and Elsie Robotics, Team 9386, is a competitive robotics team that competes in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics program. Our team was founded in 2014 by a homeschool student who had recently moved to Texas and was unable to find a local team that had any openings. Our team is student-led and mentor-guided. We have proudly advanced to the North Texas Regional Competition for the past 6 years, once to the Super Regional Competition in San Antonio, and once to the World Championship in Houston. We’ve had two students make the FIRST Dean’s List, one as a semi-finalist and one finalist.
We are a primarily self-taught homeschool team who do not have access to engineering programs within an Independent School District (ISD) setting. We have been able to learn through trial and error, advice from other teams, and our engineering mentors. It is difficult to find free or affordable STEM classes without support from an ISD. This extra effort has evolved into a stronger passion for others who do not have access to STEM classes, camps or activities. We have enjoyed hosting STEM workshops and informational meetings for extracurricular groups, and mentoring other FIRST Teams. We played key roles in establishing two FIRST Lego League start up teams from our own homeschool group.
Our team strives to live out the FIRST core value of Graciousness Professionalism in every aspect of our journey. Gracious Professionalism is a lifestyle that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.