Zebracorns FRC Team 900
Time for another team snapshot! This time we caught up with The Zebracorns, FRC Team 900, from Durham, NC. Read on to learn about their origin story and the meaning behind their mascot.
Edco: When was your team created?
Zebracorns: We began in 2002 and were one of the first FRC teams in North Carolina.
E: That’s awesome! How many members are on your team now?
Z: We have about 40 active members who hail from all over North Carolina.
E: What are your biggest accomplishments?
Z: Our greatest accomplishment is most definitely our first regional victory. As a team that is almost 13 years old, this victory was well overdue. We hope to continue performing well in competition and eventually shift our focus to community outreach.
E: What’s your favorite part about EdCo?
Z: EdCo allows our team to raise the most money while being as lazy as possible. With a single click, we can reach family and friends and gather donations quickly.
E: We really do try and make it easy for you. What advice would you give to Rookie Teams?
Z: Establish a leadership board for your team and really emphasize the importance of business and professional skills. Many students involved in technical fields seem to underestimate the value of being able to deliver an excellent presentation or converse in a professional setting when, in actuality, these social skills are crucial to a successful career in STEM.
E: Great advice! What is your favorite part of FIRST Robotics?
Z: Our team members generally agree that the social aspect is the most enjoyable part of FIRST. Creating these amazing machines is incredibly taxing, so one tends develop a strong and unique bond with their teammates. Many of us have met those who we consider our best friends through FIRST.
E: Alright one last question. What is a fun fact about your team?
Z: Our Zebracorn mascot, though a bit ridiculous, has a significant meaning. Our lab resides in a boarding school in Durham, The NC School of Science and Math, whose mascot is a unicorn; however, our team is made of students from various area schools and home-school students. To represent this diversity, we added stripes to the original unicorn mascot and created the Zebracorn.
Thanks for catching up with us Zebracorns!
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