Our Story

FIRST Tech Challenge team 7802 was founded in 2013 after attending Robotics Academy sponsored by Mississippi State University Extension Service Technology Outreach. Mannie Lowe introduced participants to FIRST and the grant opportunities available from University of Mississippi.  We signed up, started building a team, and when the robot kit came, started learning to build a robot.
The team is named for a popular internet meme the team thought of while attending their very first FTC event, the 2013-14 Kick-off for “Block Party.”  The meme is “Challenge Accepted.”  It has been an appropriate name.
Today the team consists of nine students and 5 regular mentors, several of whom are engineers or technicians in the area.
Challenge Accepted is part of the larger organization, F.I.R.S.T.  (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).  FIRST’s mission is to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) opportunities to school-age children by engaging them in mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, as well as building self-esteem, life skills, and community awareness.
The team members are also 4-Hers who believe you should “Learn by Doing.”
Our outreach and our connection to our Northwest Mississippi community are among our strongest assets. We have been able to connect with industry professionals and community leaders who are anxious to see growth in numbers of youth interested in STEM careers to help with the demands of future technology needs. We have reached out to youth and rookie teams over a 4,400 square mile area.


Nathan is eighteen years old and in the twelfth grade. He is an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. Nathan is a member of the Mississippi 4-H Leadership team. He expects the skills he learns in robotics to help prepare him for a science career. He has been involved in his local 4-H Robotics Club for 8 years and has even had the opportunity to compete in the National 4-H Engineering Challenge. He joined Challenge Accepted because it gave him a chance to expand his engineering and leadership skills, and share his experiences with his community. Nathan is a fan of Doctor Who, Star Trek, and all things sci-fi.


Cade is a senior in high school whose interests include computer games and coding. Cade is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America program. He enjoys robotics, and he wants to make a future career out of his talent in the field of web design and IT Networking. He joined Challenge Accepted to gain experience and learn more about code. He has also loved working on this website for our team.


Brandon is a 17-year-old junior in high school. He has been doing shooting sports in 4-H for 6 years. He is also an avid guitar player. Brandon plans on an aeronautical engineering or a law enforcement career. He joined "Challenge Accepted" for the fun and challenge of learning new things like 3-dimensional engineering design (CAD) and bettering his engineering skills.


Alex is a high school senior and new to both FTC and 4-H. He joined the robotics team because of his love for technology, and hopes to use the skills he has learned to pursue a career in engineering. He uses his puzzle-solving skills to help the team through troubleshooting, and is always looking for a new challenge. Alex's other interests include PC gaming, art, playing guitar, mixed-martial arts, and science fiction.


Skyler has always been interested in computers and is happy with her decision to join Challenge Accepted. She plans to pursue respiratory therapy and musical theatre. She has been involved with the 4-H program since she was six years old and also enjoys reading, singing, dancing, and drawing. She is a fan of multiple series including Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and Once Upon A Time. She loves listening to anything from Twenty One Pilots to the Les Miserables soundtrack. Skyler also enjoys playing multiple instruments (piano, violin, guitar, and ukulele) and performing. She is a junior in high school.

Jon R.

Jonathan is sixteen years old and is a junior. He uses his quickly developing CAD skills to relieve stress. He shares his passion for STEM with youth of all ages. He has been involved in a 4-H Robotics Club for eight years. He joined the team because he thought it would be an interesting and fun challenge. Jonathan would like to pursue a career in mechanical engineering or military intelligence in the future. His other interests include music, art, science, and Star Trek. Jon is a Life Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.


Ella is a sophomore in high school, this is her second year in 4H and FTC. She is enjoying this opportunity in robotics to learn more about STEM. She also enjoys golf, tennis, basketball, singing in honors choir, and traveling. She is working hard to get her pilot's license so she spends a lot of time flying.

Jon S.

Jonathan is a seventeen-year-old senior at Lewisburg High School and the Engineering Notebook coordinator for team 7802, Challenge Accepted. He is planning on attending Northwest Mississippi Community College for two years and transferring to Mississippi State University, majoring in computer science or computer programming. FTC has prepared him to go out and be a better person. He enjoys his free time playing video games, making memes, and sleeping. FTC has been a big influence in his life.


Zackary has returned to Challenge Accepted after taking a year off. He is a junior in high school. This is his third year in FTC, but he has been interested in robots since a very young age. Zachary is an Eagle Scout and is now involved in Trail LIfe. His hobbies include backpacking, knifemaking, piano, rubix cubing, and anything computer. Zachary enjoys FTC because he is able to make things, go places, and work as a team.


Geoff has existed since the beginning of time. His hobbies include fishing, farm-raising horses, Dj-ing on weekends, mastering the twelve neck guitar, and playing the ocarina. Geoff's future plans include becoming Skynet, going pro in the DJ biz (by the name Gwizzle), and perfecting his lay-up shots