Team 4099 strives to create an inclusive learning community where students can apply their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) to real-world problems.
Team 4099 has four primary goals:
Everything that the team does is directly intended to address at least one of these goals, from competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition to hosting team kickball games to starting RoboCamps in Montgomery County.
Team 4099 was first founded in 2012 at Poolesville High School by a group of students in the Science, Math, and Computer Science Magnet program. These students wanted to have the opportunity to build robots and compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The students raised funds, recruited staff mentors, and formed a team of dedicated students to compete in their rookie year. The team's Rebound Rumble robot was higly capable, and the team's strategy impressed judges enough to win the team the Rookie All-Star award at the Washington D.C. Regional that year. The team then attended the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, finishing in the middle of the pack in a strong Galileo division.
Since that year, Team 4099 has been working hard on meeting our three goals. The team worked hard on improving our on-field performance consistency and performance, steadily building team knowledge on how to build a successful robot. The team's strategic design improved, as did the quality of the engineering on the robot. In the 2016 season, the team won the Innovation in Control award at one of our district events for developing a unique Linux driver for the Microsoft Kinect. Additional improvement manifested itself in the 2018 FIRST Robotics season, in which Team 4099 made the elimination rounds at both of its district events and advanced to the FIRST Championship in Detroit.
Over the last eight years, the team has not only improved the engineering, but also made great progress on outreach and fundraising. Most of this progress was made in a huge jump in the 2018 season, with the team budget in 2018 at $50,000, compared to the $6,000 from just the previous year. Additionally, in 2018, Team 4099 began its most ambitious outreach project, RoboCamps. These major jumps have prepared the team to have even more success going forward.