Our journey began in 2009 when team 3313 Mechatronics was founded out of Jefferson High School, in Alexandria, MN.
In 2010 we recruited math teacher Mr. Bydlon to be our head coach. He led us to win “Highest Rookie Seed” Award at the 10,000 Lakes Regional in Minneapolis, MN.
In 2011, then sophomore, Bryce Klang joined the team, he later became our assistant coach in 2018.
In 2012 we had our very first media coverage! Local news KSAX Channel 5 did a story on us. Find the story here on the Echo Press website.
In 2013 we won the team spirit award AND the gracious professionalism award for the first time (Exciting!) at 10,000 Lakes, and received 3rd out of 63 teams in the competition. It was our first year presenting for Chairman’s. We also helped kick start FTC team 7799 Autobotics.
In 2014 we were in need of a new coach. Mr. Rye to the rescue! He helped steer our team all the way to the World Championship in St. Louis! He also got us set up with the STEAM Expo here in Alexandria. The STEAM Expo is a way for our school to share with the community the exciting world of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
Unfortunately though, Mr. Rye only stayed for one year, leaving us without a coach in 2015, and in 2016 we finally recruited our current coach, Jennie!
This year we’re going to two regional’s, Great Northern Regional in Grand Forks, ND, and North Star Regional in Minneapolis, MN. Our hope is to bring the team all the way to World’s, and have a lot of fun along the way!
We are proud to announce that 100% of our graduating seniors have gone on to college, with two thirds of them choosing majors in STEM fields.
On our current team we have 8 alumni mentors, two of whom volunteers at competitions. Most of our current team have already started their lifelong journey as volunteers and mentors in other FIRST programs.