Team 987 was founded in 2002, by Marc Rogers and Joe Barry. The team consisted of a total of 11 students, coaches, and mentors. During the early years of the team, the mentors and students were inexperienced and had little support from outside organizations. Over the past 16 years, our team has learned a lot through trial and error. In 2014, Team 987 decided to add a new platform to their robotics program called VEX. Now that Team 987 has become increasingly self-sustaining and innovative, the team wants to help other FRC and VEX teams by spreading their acquired knowledge of FIRST not only in Las Vegas, but across the nation and around the world.
In 2007, Team 987 won their first World Championship, which was one of the proudest moments of the team. In 2014, the chairman of robotics technology asked Team 987 to help train rookie Chinese teams to become as elite as some of the FRC teams here in America. Team 987 accepted the kind offer and traveled to Beijing a week prior to the Chinese Robotics Challenge (CRC) to experience the Chinese culture. Team 987 has won seven Chairman's awards: The 2016 Chairman's award at the international Championship in St. Louis, the 2016 Chairman's award at the Las Vegas regional, the 2015 Chairman's award at the Dallas regional, the 2008 Chairman's award at the Las Vegas regional, the 2009 Chairman's award at the Las Vegas regional, the 2013 Chairman's award at the Las Vegas regional, and the 2014 Chairman's award at the Dallas regional. Team 987 has also won five Woodie Flowers awards: the 2014 Woodie Flowers Finalist award (Jenny Stensrud), the 2012 Woodie Flowers Finalist award (Greg Hjelstrom), the 2010 Woodie Flowers Finalist award (Mark Jones), the 2008 Woodie Flowers Finalist award (Marc Rogers), and the 2007 Woodie Flowers Finalist award (Joe Barry), all of which were won in Las Vegas at its annual regional tournament/event.
History of Team 987
(2002 - 2018)