Note: I (Blair) am trying to record the important things I can remember and give a feeling of what the team was like in the early years. Anything from before the '10 season is second hand. Please edit anything you know to be incorrect.

Team 2537 was formed in 2007 for the '08 FRC season. The original members included Mitchell Dennison, Austin Katz, Manuel Maldonado, Kevin Bansleben, Grant Saunders, Chris Nellis, and Brendan Berman. The original mentors included Randy Saunders, Barbara Wertman, and Jim Dennison. (Please help fill in.) The teacher sponsor was Christopher Gray, who was heavily involved the first three years until he moved away. Mitchell, Luke, Chris, Austin, and Kevin were the first students to be on the team for four years. The first girl on the team was Lauren Berman, who joined in the '09 season. Several more joined the next year.

The original club competed in both FRC and BotBall. The team stopped doing Botball before the '09-'10 school year.

The first award the team ever won was the Innovation in Control Award at the 2010 Chesapeake Regional. We made it to eliminations for the first time in '11.

In the '10 season the team was organized into the following subteams: software, electrical, design, mechanical, and fabrication. Each team had a lead and there was one captain. The difference between mechanical and fabrication was very unclear and design had little to do after the first week of build season. We were visited by Anne and Steve Shade who gave a presentation and advice. The students and some of the adults took this badly because we thought we had a bitter rivalry with C-Company, a team they helped start the same year as we started. It is unclear where this perceived rivalry came from. Blair and Lauren confirmed that C-Company had not known about it after having an internship with a C-Company member in the summer of 2011 but it took several more years for the general feeling to go away. Regardless, we took the Shades' advice to organize by robot part instead of job (to some extent) by reorganizing design, fab, and mech into three robot part teams.

The schedule was much more demanding in the early years. In '10 there was around 40 hours of meeting time per week in build season. This was possible because students did not go home after school. They were allowed to do homework for the first few hours of the meetings before most mentors arrived and everyone had dinner together in the tech ed room on weeknights.

We had multiple captains for the first time for the '12 season.

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