Gra-V was founded in 2015 by Orange Technical College - Mid Florida Campus. At the very first meeting, three students showed up. Since then the team have jumped from 10 students, to 17 students, to now having over 30 students and counting. Gra-V conducts team meetings, industry presentations, & many community outreach events throughout the year, including mentoring other robotics teams and volunteering at STEM competitions. The team showcases at various major technology expos hosted throughout Central Florida each year, in order to spread the word of FIRST and STEM education.
In Gra-V's rookie year (2016 - Stronghold), the team won the Rookie All Star Award at the Orlando Regional, which qualified the team to attend the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, MO at the end of April 2016. Towards the end of 2016, the team competed in ROBOTICON at Tampa Bay, an off-season competition, and ended up as Finalists for the competition.
In the 2017 season, STEAMworks, Kaitlyn Bowman was one of 2 students throughout the Orlando Regional to win the Dean's List Award, which qualified her to travel to World Championships in Houston. Later in the season, Gra-V also got selected by FIRST to travel and compete at World Championships. In the end, Gra-V ranked in the upper half of their division at Championships. At ROBOTICON later that year, Gra-V ended Rank 5 and made it to the Semi-Finals, and were awarded the Team Spirit Award.
Looking forward to the 2018 season!