Both corporate and local sponsors are key to the team’s sustainability. These sponsors support the team financially and supply mentors and services, such as sheet metal fabrication. The contributions of the sponsors enable the team members to have the best possible resources, as well as the ability to acquire skills that are applicable to various future professions.
Beginnings (1999 – 2006)
303 Renaissance (2008 – 2010)
A New Era (2011)
Testing… (2012 – Present)
After deciding their team name and colors were not unique, Panther Robotics became The T.E.S.T. Team 303 with a unique teal color and vibrant test pattern logo, specifically SMPTE color bars, or Engineering Guideline EG 1-1990. T.E.S.T. stands for Technologists, Engineers, Students, and Teachers, the major groups that make up the team. The change was a massive success that lead to the team winning the Imagery award at their second competition of the season. 2013 was an even better season for the team.. Team 303 was one of the top teams in their region, qualified for the World Championship, then ended up being the captain of the alliance that went on to win the entire division. The team had another monumental year in 2014, not only winning the Chairman’s award for the first time ever at a district event, but they won it again at the regional championship, beating teams who have been winning it consistently for years.
In 2019, a major revamp occurred in the T.E.S.T. Team, where in order to better reflect the needs of the team, the leadership system was modified and instead of the SLC, a new team structure was created featuring Project Managers, Project Supervisors, and Coordinators, with the intent to create better harmony between all team members and to create a more efficient chain of productivity. The 2020 season will be the debut of this new T.E.S.T. Team and the team hopes to continue their recurring success.
The future’s looking bright for The T.E.S.T. Team; they recently acquired a major new sponsor that specializes in metal fabrication. But, no matter what happens in the future, the team has shown its ability to conquer any challenge and be a source of inspiration in its school, community, and world.