In 2002, Team 987 made the robot named Eli 151. The game they played, Zone Zeal, had three moving goals. The robot was made to grab the rolling goals with its lobster-like claws, however it was made to only grab one goal at a time.  

In 2017, Team 987 made Blackout to compete in Steamworks. The game entailed delivering gears to an "airship," shooting balls into a boiler, and climbing ropes to a touchpad. The robot was highly capable at all three and won the Utah regional with Team 2073 and Team 6411, and the Carver division with Team 2122 and Team 4910. It placed third on the Einstein field in Houston, Texas.


pit boss iii


High Stakes

Pit Boss II is one of the most dominant robots that Team 987 has ever made. Pit Boss ll was made to throw a huge ball over a six foot wall. It also had an autonomous mode that could knock one of its team balls down over and over. It could throw the ball into its teams goal for points. It could also place one of the balls back on top of the wall for more points.                                                                                                                                                                                                       


Team 987 made Jackpott in 2011, for Logomotion. The robot had to take inflatable tubes of various shapes and stack them onto a rack. This robot had an arm that had belts on it to manipulate the inflatable tubes. At the end of the competition, the robot had a smaller "mini bot" held within. This robot had to race up a pole and hit the top to earn points. This robot won the Las Vegas Regional and the San Diego Regional before winning the Curie division and advancing to semifinals on Einstein field with Team 968 and Team 51. This robot was named after our most dedicated sponsor,Steve Philpott.

In 2003, Team 987 made the Faraday's Rage. It was made to push totes into their teams side of the field to score.

In 2016, Team 987 competed in Stronghold, a game with flying boulders and falling towers. The robot, named "Pit Boss III", had to overcome obstacles, aim accurately, and shoot high! It won the Los Angeles Regional, the Las Vegas Regional, and the Arizona West Regional. After winning three consecutive regional tournaments and one regional Chairman's award, this robot got past the Galileo Division and onto the Einstein field in St. Louis, Missouri. It placed 3rd on a national level alongside Team 195, Team 1197, and Team 1065!

Wild Card was a robot created by Team 987 in 2009. It was made for a game called Lunacy. In Lunacy you had to drive around with a trailer, while trying to shoot balls into other teams trailers to earn points.

In 2015, Team 987 created High Stakes. This robot's primary goal was to stack six tote tall stakes topped with a recycling container on top a inclined step. Our robot could achieve one stack in 15 sec.  Besides winning the Chairman's award at the Dallas Regional, this robot won the Las Vegas Regional with Team 148 and Team 5012, and the Hopper Division with Team 2512, Team 2826, and Team 4265, making it to the finals on the Einstein field.

In 2010, Team 987 made the robot called Black Jack made for the game Breakaway. Black Jack was made to hit a soccer ball into a goal. Black Jack made it to the finals of the Las Vegas Regional and the Arizona Regional.

In 2012, Team 987 designed and created the robot Ace of Spades. This robot's primary goal was to grab foam basketballs from the playing field and launch them into basketball hoops placed at different heights. This robot had a flywheel that could spin at 5000 RPM. This launched the ball over 40 feet into a basketball hoop. This robot won the Los Angeles Regional with Team 1717 and Team 3512, the Las Vegas Regional with Team 2844 and Team 3245, and the Curie Division with Team 207 and Team 233.

The Dealer was a robot created by Team 987 in 2013. This robot had to launch flying discs, or frisbees, into a goal that was only 21 inches wide. The robot had a flywheel which spun at 3500 RPM. This could launch the frisbees across the playing field and score them into the goal. This robot also had to hang on to a pyramid at the end of the game. It had pneumatic pistons that pulled the robot up off the ground at the last second of the game. This robot won the San Diego Regional with Team 254 and Teams 1138. 


​In 2007, Pit Boss was made by Team 987, and it won them the World Championship. In autonomous mode it would get one of the toroidal game pieces on the rack. Pit Boss was able to put the game pieces on the rack with ease, and was very efficient in scoring.


PiT Boss


pit Boss II


Wild Card

​Team 987 made a robot named The Hooker. It was made to compete for the game named Rising the Bar. This game had mobile goals and a 10 foot high bar. The Hooker was made to hang from the bar.

In 2005, Team 987 made the robot named Snake Eyes. Snake Eyes was made for a game named Triple Play. The robot was made to lift the game pieces, named tetras, and to place them on top of the goals. 

In 2006, Team 987 made the robot named Ace. Ace was made for a game called Aim High. It was made to gain points by delivering balls into goals and positioning the alliance's robots in certain positions on the field.




Snake Eyes


the Hooker


Faraday's Rage


ELI 151


black Jack




Ace of Spades


the Dealer


triple "7"

In 2014, Team 987 created Triple 7. This robot's primary goal was to throw a 2 foot diameter ball into a goal opening that was only 2.5 feet. This robot had a catapult that had the potential to launch the ball over 30 feet. This robot won the Las Vegas Regional with Team 2485 and Team 2478.

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