We are Team 342 - The Burning Magnetos!

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Our FIRST Robotics team is located in North Charleston, South Carolina, partnering with Bosch and many more sponsors that provide resources to give local students the best educational opportunity possible. Our team consists of festive and tenacious students who learn from our exceptional mentors to engineer and design in a spirited environment! Students from Fort Dorchester High School and the local N. Charleston area collaborate within five main sub-teams:

  • Mechanical Engineering  (component construction & assembly, machine tools)
  • Electrical Engineering  (power distribution, motor connectivity, wiring & soldering)
  • Programming  (Java coding, autonomous and controller setup, remote vision)
  • Digital Media & Outreach  (animation, photography, social networks, business)
  • Safety and Environmental Awareness (presentations, protection, and prevention)

During preparation for a competitive event, 3 minor sub-teams are formed, consisting of students from any main sub-team:

    • Scouting Team (robot-gameplay tracking & statistics of competing FRC teams, determines best alliance partner for finals)
    • Drive Team (robot control and game strategy, human player, technician)
    • Pit Crew (Mechanical & Electrical - robot repairs, inspections and improvisation)

Our goal is to foster an environment of creativity and innovation for all students through practical applications of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) while emphasizing FIRST ideals through our passion and professionalism in community outreach and mentorship.




FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by Dean Kamen in 1989. The objective of the program is to inspire youth to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) while building other life skills like communication, Cooperation, and Decision making.

As a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team, we intricately design, build, program, and troubleshoot a 120+ lb. robot, all in SIX WEEKS! In those six weeks before our first regional competition, team members develop soft-skills and technical knowledge through cooperative tasks, group communication, and in order to achieve a deadline. At competition, drive team and pit crew race against the clock to present our robot onto the game-field and efficiently transport game pieces, while scout team members monitor 60+ other teams' robots for alliance-selection in the finals, and in the stands, everyone on 342 watches the matches while roaring across the arena with spirited cheers of encouragement!

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