Build Blog 2024


Hello! Welcome to Team 587, The Hedgehogs’,  2024 Open Alliance Build Thread. We are from Hillsborough, North Carolina, and we are excited to start our first year on OA.

A little bit about us: We are a student-led team of members from Orange and Cedar Ridge High School. The team was formed in the fall of 2000 with 2 mentors and a handful of students. Currently we have over 50 active students and over 15 mentors. The Hedgehogs are committed to continuing the team, into the future and promoting STEM within our community.

This past year, our robot Hyperion competed at 4 official events and 3 off-season events. This then allowed us to go to the Championship, and have an amazing experience as 8th alliance captain in the Milstein division. After Championship, we were also lucky enough to be accepted into IRI, and also attended the FIRST North Carolina off-season events THOR West and Doyenne Inspiration West.

So far in the offseason, we have been working on training new members in preparation for smaller projects we want to accomplish and the build season. Our current goals for our team before January are to prototype and build a mini swerve base and T-shirt launcher, work on two accessibility projects for children at 2 of our local schools, and work on gaining new sponsors for the 2023-2024 season.

The Hedgehogs will be playing Crescendo at the following events:

FNC Orange County

FNC UNC Asheville