History of 135
1998: Ladder Logic
During our rookie year, The Black Knights began to steadily climb the ladder to success. In 1998, Team 135’s inaugural year, the class began with 14 members. We competed in the Motorola Midwest Regional and won the Against All Odds award. We even qualified for the National Championship at Epcot C...
1999: Double Trouble
We doubled down this year! In 1999, our second year, our team built a strong robot for the Double Trouble game. We competed in the Great Lakes Regional and brought home the Best Offensive Round award for our robot’s performance. We also qualified for the National Championships for the second time!...
2000: Co-opertition FIRST
Team 135 learned the true meaning of co-opertition in 2000. We competed at the Motorola Midwest Regional and won the Featherweight in the Finals Award! We also competed at the National Championships for the third time.
2001: Diabolic Dynamics
Team 135’s success in 2001 was nearly diabolical! We competed at the Motorola Midwest Regional and made it all the way to the finals, and even won the Delphi: “Driving Tomorrow’s Technology” Award! We also made it farther at the National Championships than any year prior. Our alliance finish...
2002: Zone Zeal
We were in the creative zone this year - 2002 was when our ubiquitous logo was created. Our team attended the Buckeye Regional and finished as a quarter-finalist.
2003: Stack Attack
Penn Robotics really went in for the attack in 2003. Our team attended both the Pittsburgh and Midwest Regionals, and we won the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship award! We also competed at nationals in the Curie Division.
2004: FIRST Frenzy: Raising the Bar
Team 135 raised the bar for success in 2004. This year, we competed at both the St. Louis and the Midwest Regionals, where we won our second consecutive Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award! We competed at the National Championship in the Galileo Division.
2005: Triple Play
We played hard in 2005, which was one of our most successful years to date. At the Inaugural Boilermaker Regional at Purdue, our alliance was runners-up, and we won the Quality Award for our ability to score exceptionally well. Team 135 was also a regional finalist at the Buckeye Regional, and we wo...
2006: Aim High
Penn Robotics continued to aim high in 2006. We competed at the Buckeye and the Boilermaker Regional. We also qualified to compete at the National Championships and made it to the quarterfinals!
2007: Rack 'N Roll
Team 135 rocked and rolled in 2007! We competed at the Boilermaker and Palmetto Regionals, and won the Regional Engineering Inspiration award. We also competed at the off-season Indiana Robotics Invitational for the first time, and met lots of great teams!
2008: FIRST Overdrive
In 2008, our team went into overdrive. We competed at both the Boilermaker and St. Louis Regionals, where we won the Autodesk Visualization award. We also competed at both Nationals and IRI. One of our members, Whitney Grace, also started a Women In Technology Day to introduce more girls to STEM and...
Team 135’s success in 2009 was crazy - you could even call it lunatic! We competed at the Midwest Regional and captained the 4th seed alliance. We also made it to semifinals at the Boilermaker Regional! Team 135 also was chosen by the 1st seed alliance at Nationals, and we advanced to the finals a...
We broke away from tradition in 2010 - for the first time ever, we competed at the Greater Kansas City Regional! We also attended the Boilermaker Regional.
Team 135 truly moved towards excellence in 2011. Our Coach, Mr. Jim Langfeldt, was recognized for his excellence as a mentor and won the Woodie Flowers award at the Wisconsin Regional. After competing at the Boilermaker Regional, we advanced to the World Competition and ranked 11th in the Curie Divi...
2012: Rebound Rumble
In 2012, Team 135 continued to excel, and rumbles of our successes reverberated in the FIRST community! We competed at the Boilermaker and Wisconsin Regionals.
2013: Ultimate Ascent
Our team continued to ascend far beyond our goals in 2013. We competed at the Boilermaker and the Wisconsin Regionals. We qualified to attend the World Championships, and made it to the quarterfinals in the Curie Division!
2014: Aerial Assist
In 2014, lots of factors assisted in our success, such as our various outreach events (like Women In Technology Day and our PRIDE Summer Camp) and our stellar robot DAVE (Drives Around Various Engineers)! We excelled this year, winning both the Crossroads and the Boilermaker Regionals. We also won t...
2015: Recycle Rush
In 2015, Team 135 rushed to victory! We built a strong robot called ROSIE (Recycling Of Stacks Internally and Externally). We won the Kokomo City District event, and also took home the Chairman’s award for the first time! We won Chairman’s again at the state competition. At the World Championshi...
2016: FIRST Stronghold
Team 135 continued to hold onto their strengths in 2016. Our team won the district Engineering Inspiration Award. We also advanced to the World Championships, making it to the quarterfinals in the Carson Division.
2017: FIRST Steamworks
Penn Robotics went full steam ahead in 2017! We excelled in the judges’ room, taking home the district and state Chairman’s award. Our team also performed well at the World Championships, making it to the quarterfinals in the Carson Division. One of our members, Alyssa McNarney, was also nominat...
2018: Power Up
Penn Robotics powered up at our St. Joseph District Event, winning the District Chairman’s Award. At the Plainfield Event, we were able to take home the Gracious Professionalism award and set the world record for a FRC match with the score of 1080. One of our members, Mckenna Hillsdon-Smith won t...