FIRST Robotics Team 6932 members

Smoky Mountain High School and Jackson County Early College FIRST Robotics Team 6932 members, front row (left to right): Bob Williams (sponsor), Taleigh Verrault, Victoria Wlosok, Emily Yang, Cody Miller, Kathleen Morgan and Jack Adams. Back row (left to right): Robert Kanwischer (faculty coach), Tate Schwalm, Tuck Brown, Isaac Alich, Cole Williams, Sammy Leonard, Larissa Miller (mentor) and Ty Dengler (faculty coach). Not pictured: Dakota Smith.

Smoky Mountain High School and Jackson County Early College students with FIRST Robotics Team 6932, SMART, recently completed their 2019 build and competition season, traveling to two district events in North Carolina.

The team of 16 students designed and built a competitive robot in six weeks to meet the challenge of “Destination: Deep Space.” The robot, SAM, worked in an alliance with two other robots to complete the game challenge of placing cargo and hatch panels to game pieces on a game field roughly the size of half a basketball court.

Students competed at two events this year, one in Guilford County and the other at UNC Asheville.

FIRST Robotics Competition in Jackson County exposes students to engineering, team-building, program management, deadlines, budget constraints, public speaking and social media promotion.

“FIRST is more than robots. The robots are a vehicle for students to learn important life skills,” said Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST. “Kids often come in not knowing what to expect – of the program nor of themselves. They leave, even after the first season, with a vision, with confidence, and with a sense that they can create their own future.”

See the team’s website for more information on how to join or to sponsor the team at or email at

During the off-season, team members volunteer in their community by spreading the word about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to area schools and during community events.

For more information, call Larissa Miller at 269-7937 or email