Several years before the pre-engineering program was established at the Anderson 1 & 2 Career and Technology Center, FRC Team 415 was known as the Electric City Screaming Eagles. A multi-school team sponsored by local industry, FRC 415 competed admirably; over the years, however, the program lost momentum and eventually withdrew from the field of competition.
When the pre-engineering program was established in fall 2006, instructors decided to establish teams in what would become FIRST Tech Challenge. From 2006 until 2011, the Career Center fielded several successful FTC teams and quickly established a program that focused on exposing students to all things related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As veterans of FIRST Tech Challenge robotics, students at the Anderson 1 & 2 Career and Technology Center were excited to hear that there would be a new addition to the ACTC family of FIRST robotics during the 2010-2011 school year.
Just after the current FTC season challenge was announced, ACTC was given the opportunity to add an FRC team with the help of sponsors such as Bosch, Michelin, JCPenney and NASA. In the midst of building 4 FTC bots and mentoring rookie JFLL and FLL teams, instructors and students began planning for the new addition. Even though students and mentors were familiar with FIRST, no one knew exactly what to expect when January rolled around. Led by students and instructors from the pre-engineering department, programs school-wide were soon invited to bring their expertise to bear in forming the first team that truly represents the entire Anderson 1 & 2 Career and Technology Center irather than individual programs or departments. Just one short month before the 2012 kick-off, students and mentors met to bring FRC415 back to life, with a new name and renewed energy.
Focused on continuing to support education, the Robert L. Bosch cooperation had been one of the original sponsors of 415 and was eager to work with ACTC to reenergize the FRC program in Anderson County. And so began the newest chapter of an old team number: FRC415 RoBoCRAFT.