Middleton High School (MHS) established Minotaur Robotics in 2004 to provide an educational opportunity for our students that challenges each student to solve real world problems. As the only STEM Magnet High School for Hillsborough County, FL, we believe FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) provides the right program for our students to excel in their individual strengths and expose them to real world educational and career opportunities. FRC provides us the opportunity to teach our students valuable life skills and nurture their passions for science and technology, while practicing Gracious Professionalism. This belief has inspired our administration, faculty, student alumni, and parents to help revive a program that unfortunately fell into disrepair a number of years ago. FRC Minotaur Robotics Team competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition (www.usfirst.org) as “Team 1369”.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) focuses on inspiring students in math, science, and technology fields through sponsoring a nationwide robotics competition. Many students and adults get very excited about competing in this challenging and fun atmosphere.
The 2014-2015 season is the 11th year of existence for Minotaur and FIRST. In 2004, Middleton High School established Minotaur as an outlet for its engineering students. Minotaur competed at the Peachtree Regional its first year and was on the winning alliance. The team has qualified for the World Championships in 2004, 2005, and 2007. The team experienced some difficulties with the loss of several mentors and students and its results in the lean years was less than desired. Due to last minute financial difficulties, the team did not compete during the 2011 season. With the addition of new adult mentors and ever increasing parental and business sponsorships, Minotaur has experienced a growth in performance and has a steady upward trend. Minotaur is positioned to once again compete at the highest levels. Throughout its existence, Minotaur has always prided itself on its community involvement.
We are proud of our history. We have a strong tradition of competing at a high level in FIRST while also being a model team in showing “gracious professionalism” as we compete. We have mentored many teams. These teams and others in the FIRST community look to the Minotaur as a model FIRST team. We continually strive to uphold that model for how a FIRST team should be organized and how they should compete.
The current Minotaur team is led by a great group of adult mentors from the business and education communities. The success and stability of the team is a direct result of the strong partnership between Middleton, business partners, and to the dedication of mentors, sponsors, and students.
Many students have been Minotaurs. Many have gone on to work as engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs in various fields. We have alumni working in several professions. Many alumni work in aerospace, information technology, consumer electronics, and healthcare. We are sure that being a Minotaur played a big role in their success today.