History

  Team 2914, is Woodrow Wilson High School’s varsity robotics team. Wilson is an inner city DC public high school, so every member lives in DC. Tiger Pride’s first competition season was the 2009 game, “Lunacy”. Currently Tiger Pride has 30 members, however when the team was started there were only 8, none of which were female. In the last year Tiger Pride has grown as a team by 50%, increased its female population by 25%, and its minority population by 30%. Angela Benjamin founded the team with our other team coach, David Thompson, as they decided that a robotics club was the perfect way to introduce STEM to more students. Thanks to FIRST opportunities, we have been able to compete and travel to FIRST competitions ranging from our hometown of Washington, D.C. to being the first American team in a Mexico City regional. Our biggest challenge in 2008 was learning how to build. Chantilly Robotics helped us fix this problem by mentoring our team and teaching us everything there is to know about robotics. Now our biggest challenge is raising the funds we need in order to travel to the FIRST competitions. Tiger Pride does extensive fundraising and are always pursuing new sponsors. We provide an inclusive environment that fosters learning and growth so that no student will be left out due to gender, race, or socioeconomic status. Tiger Pride takes the barriers it must cross and turns them into learning experiences. Our team is young and small but it has thrived and grown over the past 8 years thanks to hard work and great enthusiasm for learning.