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About FRC Team 5030 The second Mouse

FIRST® (For Inspiration Recognition of Science and Technology) is a program created by Dean Kamen, and MIT professor, Woodie Flowers. They created FIRST as a way to inspire kids to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. FIRST consists of four subgroups: FLL Jr.®, FLL®, FTC®, FRC®.

FIRST Lego League Junior is a non-competitive robotics program designed for children ages six to nine. FLL Jr.® teams conduct much smaller projects and make models out of Lego elements to illustrate one part of the topic.

FIRST Lego League is an international competition for elementary and middle school students. Each year a new challenge is announced that focuses on a different real-world topic related to the sciences.

FIRST Tech Challenge is a robotics competition targeted toward middle and high school-aged students.

FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition. Teams are given six weeks to build a robot to perform a new task each year.

Our team competes in the FRC division of FIRST. This year’s game was announced on January 6th.

Our Team

We are Team 5030, the Second Mouse, a FIRST® Robotics Team from Utica, New York. The team is open to any local high school student and works out of SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Established in 2014, the team was the only FRC® team within a 35-mile radius and represented 6 different school districts. Our first season the team earned a spot at the World Championship by receiving the Rookie All-Star Award. In 2016, we won our first regional in New York City which punched our ticket back to the World Championship. Two years later, we added to our accomplishments with our wins at our first home regional, which is known as the Central New York Regional, and the Buckeye Regional, in Cleveland, Ohio. Both of these regional wins allowed us to go back to worlds for the third time in five years. 

Our Mission: To promote STEM education for K-12 students while remaining active in the community, prioritizing the growing field of engineering.


Team Photo

Our 2018 Challenge

2018 FIRST Robotics Competition "Power Up"

On January 7th, 2018, the new season of FRC's challenge was uploaded. This began the six-week limit of time to plan, design, build, and program our robot.

2018 FIRST Robotics Competition "Power Up"

On January 7th, 2018, this year's FRC Challenge "Power Up" was released. This began the six-week limit to design, build, and program our robot.

The 2018 Challenge "Power Up" is finally here! Watch the reveal video for the challenge!



2016 - Stronghold

2015 - Recycle Rush

2014 - Aerial Assist


The team's build season is only 45 days long. In that short time frame, a fully functioning robot must be designed, built, programmed, and tested. In order for that to happen, our team must have access to highly specific tools, materials, electronics, and mentors with expertise in these fields. 

Our team supports the 3 "M" ideals for sponsorship: 

Monetary Support - Mentoring Support - Materials Support

We hope your organization will consider any or all of these needs in your support of our FRC team. We look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

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