About Us


Our Motto: In Scientia Vires

South Central High School started the original Pitt County FIRST Robotics team in 2008 season. The team’s original sponsor was Mr. James Harris. The inaugural team was called the “Falconators” after the South Central mascot, the Falcons.  The Falconators were a small group of students and were mentored that first year by Team 435, the Robodogs out of Raleigh, NC.

After the first year, the team began expanding and adding team members from other local high schools.  Recognizing the need to expand membership, the team name was changed to the Pitt Pirates – as we were all from Pitt County and the Pirate mascot had universal appeal.  Each year since the 2008 season, we have increased our membership and representation  from the local high schools.  Our team is still growing because we recruit from all six high schools in Pitt County.

Our team members enjoy spreading the word about science, math and technology. To that end, we have made a number of civic and community presentations showcasing our robots and spreading the word about FIRST robotics.  In past years we competed in each of the NC Regional events in Raleigh and at least one other event. We were proud to be part of the first NC regional held at Dorton Arena in 2010. Now, NC has gone to a district model. This is an exciting new opportunity for NC teams and we are proud to be part of it. A list of events we have attended is below.

Year

Events

Awards

Team Info

2017

Steamworks

Team
Robot
Sponsors
Media

2016

Stronghold

District Competition- Greensboro, NC
District Competition – Raleigh, NC
NC District Championship – Charlotte, NC
FRC Championship – St Louis, MO

  • District Engineering Inspiration Award
  • Industrial Safety Award Sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories
  • Wake County District Event Winner
  • District Chairman’s Award
  • Team Spirit Award Sponsored by FCA Foundation
  • FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award (Lily Huo)

Team
Robot
Sponsors
Media

2015

Recycle Rush

NC Regional – Raleigh, NC
Chesapeake Bay Regional – Chesapeake Bay, VA

  • Industrial Safety Award Sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories
  • Woodie Flower Finalist Award (Bill McClung)
Team
Robot
Sponsors
Media
 2014

Aerial Assist

NC Regional -Raleigh, NC
DC Regional – Washington DC
  • Regional Chairman’s Award
  • Industrial Safety Award Sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories
  • Gracious Professionalism Award Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson
Team
Robot
Sponsors
Media

2013

Ultimate Ascent

NC Regional – Raleigh, NC
DC Regional – Washington DC
FRC Championship – St Louis
  •  Gracious Professionalism Award Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson
  • Industrial Safety Award Sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories
  • Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen
Team
Robot
Sponsors
Media

2012

Rebound Rumble

Palmetto Regional – Charleston, SC
NC Regional – Raleigh, NC
FRC Championship – St. Louis
  • Palmetto Region Finalist
  • Team Spirit Award Sponsored by Chrysler
  • Industrial Safety Award Sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories
  • North Carolina Regional Winner
Team
Robot
Sponsors
Media

2011

Logomotion

NC Regional – Raleigh, NC
DC Regional – Washington DC
Team
Robot
Sponsors
Media

2010

Breakaway

VCU – Richmond, VA
North Carolina Regional – Raleigh, NC (Inaugural year)
Team
Sponsors
Media

2009

Lunacy

VCU – Richmond, VA
Championship- Atlanta, GA

2008

FIRST Overdrive

VCU – Richmond, VA