FIRST Team 1225 was founded by Dr. Helen Owen and Tom Patten, a physics professor at East Henderson High School. At first, our team only had five members. The team used the North Henderson automotive shop as our first meeting place. Later, in 2009, Mike Murphy from BorgWarner Turbo Systems became the coach. The team increased from a mere seven students to about 30 and continues to grow year after year. We have members from all five high schools in Henderson County; our team builds robots to compete in regional and world championships. We have students who want to work with prosthetics, aerospace engineering and computer science.
In addition to building robots, our team is active in the community. In 2013 we started a First Lego League in Henderson County. We hosted the Western North Carolina FLL Tournament at Blue Ridge Community College with team members acting as referees. We also do demonstrations at the Henderson County Public Library and around the region. We have participated in Career Day at Bruce Drysdale Elementary for the last four years. In addition, we took in members of our local Boys and Girls Club Team after they closed. We are now hosted in BRCC’s own Mechatronics lab, and we are now ready for the future.