Founded in 2002 by adviser Patricia Spackman, the Westtown Robotics team is on it's 16th year together and it's 15th participating in FIRST®. Originally, the team was housed in the warehouse of Vanguard ID Systems, but has since moved to the Westtown School's Design and Engineering lab upon its completion in 2014.
In 2004 the Metal Moose, FRC® Team 1391, won three Rookie Awards and a Judge’s Award at the Philadelphia Regional, and the opportunity to compete in the national championships at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. There, we finished as semi-finalists in our division. During the off-season, the team began its tradition of community outreach by volunteering at the West Chester Rotary Club’s Chili Cook-off, Brian's Run, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
In 2007, adviser Steve Compton joined the team along with mentor Jeff Grabner, bringing renewed energy and expertise. Since then, the Metal Moose has won the Innovation in Control Award twice, been a finalist in regional events three times, and competed in the National Championships of 2004, 2009, 2012 and 2015. Mentors in recent years have been educators, engineers, programmers and small business owners from the local community as well as from companies that include DuPont, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.
These successes have led to rapid growth in membership, reaching an all-time high of 40 student members in the 2015 season. To meet the inherent challenges of managing these many enthusiastic students and their diverse talents and interests, the 2016 team is modeling a corporate structure with three divisions, each led by an experienced student captain. This new structure enables the team to expand its scope and transition from being a team that just builds good robots to one that also builds a strong brand and establishes the framework for a sustainable program.