Team 4187, the Mount Vernon Twp. High School (MVTHS) RoboRams, was founded in 2011by MVTHS Sophomore Kole Crawley along with Industrial Arts Instructor Steve Odle, local Account Representative for National Instruments & robot programmer Donny Peacock, and local Industrial Maintenance Supervisor for Continental Tire & experienced competition
robot builder Robert Cooper. The team is based at MVTHS in Mount Vernon, Illinois and is currently the only team in Southern Illinois outside the St. Louis Metro-East area. Team 4187 began its quest for greatness in 2012 by competing in that year’s St. Louis Regional and winning the Judges’ Award. The RoboRams went from fielding a simple working box on
wheels in their 1st season to qualifying for the playoffs, achieving Rank 7 Finalist Captain out of 52 teams just 5 seasons later with a complex, multi-function robot. The RoboRams also won the Imagery Award in 2017. The team is organized like a business and consists of five different departments, Design, Manufacturing, Media, Business, and Programming. Surging from just 8 team members its 1st year to 50 members in 2017, Team 4187 continues to grow and is playing an increasingly substantial role in the area schools and community every year.
● Located in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
● Competing as Team 4187 in the FIRST Robotics
Championship ( FRC ) since 2011.
● Mentoring FIRST Lego League teams since 2016.
● Competing in the VEX Robotics Championship since 2017.
● Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, Continental Tire, and People’s National Bank,
along with many other local businesses and institutions.
To help young people become the best versions of themselves by providing hope through
education, inspiration through competition and success through opportunity, the focus
being on communication, leadership, professionalism, and STEM.
TEAM & PROGRAM SUMMARY:
FRC Team 4187 was founded in 2011 and, with an explosion in growth over the past six
years, has become a beacon for STEM in the relative isolation that is Southern Illinois.
Having over forty active high school members and seven mentors, the RoboRams are
capable of participating in both the VEX Robotics Championship (with six available teams)
and FRC. We have also been granted the opportunity to sponsor three FLL teams.