Screaming Chickens is a 501c3 non-profit that facilitates high school student-led activities in engineering and programming through participation in FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC Team #3997), community service and outreach, and 4-H activities.

FIRST Robotics (https://www.firstinspires.org/) is all about fostering a love of STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) in young adults and children, and providing an environment for them to learn new skills and put them to practical use. Coined ‘the varsity sport of the mind,’ FIRST has a large focus on friendly competition. All teams are given the same challenge, then it is up to them to design, build, and code a robot that will then face off against other robots in huge tournaments.

FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC) is one of four programs sponsored by the FIRST community.  FRC is an international high school robotics competition where each year, teams of high school students, and mentors, work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots that weigh up to 120 pounds (54 kg). Robots complete tasks such as scoring balls into goals, flying discs into goals, inner tubes onto racks, hanging on bars, and balancing robots on balance beams. The game, along with the required set of tasks, changes annually.

We have been in existence for seven years and continue to grow as our country pushes for STEM fields. All our mentors are volunteers w/ no paid positions. 100% of funding goes to the program, providing material, electronic components, and registration fees for competitions in which we have done very well. Our program runs year-round, but competitions allow our students to test their skills.  We prepare students to become engineers and programmers as well as fostering skills and experience of immediate value to local businesses and military service. These students want to be here, making it a successful program and filling a need of the community – continuing where schools stop.

Not all schools in our area participate in FIRST, although their students wish to participate. In May 2011, our founding couch, Caroline Crosson, saw the potential of sharing FIRST’s vision with those students. She created this non-profit organization and began running the team from her home. Under her leadership, the Screaming Chickens participated in six FRC seasons (2012 – 2017), attending the World Championship in our rookie year and three times after that!

We strive to continue Caroline’s vision, building on the foundations and relationships she made, as well as extending our involvement with the San Antonio Community, forging new relationships with other local FRC teams and business leaders.  

Awards & Accolades

2012
Rookie All Star, Rookie Highest Seed
Lone Star Regional
Archimedes Division
2013
Entrepreneurship Award
Alamo Regional
Newton Division
2014
Dallas Regional
Lone Star Regional
Archimedes Division
2015
Alamo Regional
Lone Star Regional
2016
Lone Star Regional
2017
Lone Star Central Regional
Brazos Valley Regional
Turing Division