Team 1225 started as many teams do, with a forward thinking teacher who learned about the FIRST organization and wanted to enhance the academic experience by teaching students in a way that is hard to teach inside a classroom, to prepare them for the new century that continues to grow with unimaginable applications of technology. The challenge, rigor, teamwork, and fun associated with FIRST robotics encouraged us and our mentors to apply science, technology and engineering in any given situations. It gives life to the concepts and equations that are being
worked out in the classroom, allowing us to have hands on experiences that help us both academically and as we go through life.
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 and STEM Night at Hendersonville Elementary for the past several years.
In 2017 the Gorillas Moved in to the Boys and Girls Club of Hendersonville and have continued educating students.