December 2020 – January 2021: Team 15534 hosts and organizes the VTXCADs CADathon, an educational, project-based CAD competition with Novice, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition categories. The event featured a novice workshop series, outside presentations from companies (such as Siemens), and an impressive panel of judges. VTXCADs was sponsored by goBilda and SendCutSend.
September 2020: Team 15534 is invited to present at Canada’s FIRST LEGO League Kickoff Conference, engaging audience members with the Ultimate Guide to a Winning Presentation.
July 2020: Team 15534 is invited to speak in the 24 Hours of STEM International Festival, presenting their odometry tracking system to thousands of viewers across the world.
February 2020: Team 15534 attends the state championship, once again securing a perfect qualifying record. A finals round loss against Team Gluten Free broke Team 15534’s 7-0-0 winning streak, and rendered the team unable to contend for Winning Alliance Captain. Nevertheless, Team VERTEX earned the Finalist Alliance Captain title as well as first place in the Promote and Think awards, and finished as finalists for the Collins Aerospace Innovate and Control Awards.
January 2020: Team 15534 attends their second qualifier of the Skystone season. They manage to break their previous world record. They also win the Collins Aerospace Innovate award as recognition for having the most innovate robot design solution.
January 2020: Team 15534 wins their first qualifier of the Skystone season, securing the Inspire award. In addition to setting a new world record for most points scored in an official match, they earn 2nd place in the Control, Collins Aerospace Innovate, and Motivate award categories.
August 2019: Team 15534 is invited to speak at the annual FIRST Global Conference as a result of their prior success.
April 2019: Team 15534 competes at the World Championships in Detroit, placing within the top five of all first-year teams across the world.
March 2019: Team 15534 hosts the first ever Exeter STEM Day. Professors from MIT and Princeton, families from around the Seacoast, and students from the Academy join together for this annual event.
February 2019: Team 15534 wins the state championship, securing a 5-0-0 qualifying match record. They are awarded the Inspire and Promote awards, along with finishing runner-ups in the Control, Think, Connect, and Motivate award categories.
December 2018: Team 15534 engages with the community for the first time, showcasing their robot at the FIRST Lego League State Championships.
November 2018: Team 15534 attends their first ever scrimmage.
September 2018: FIRST Tech Challenge Team 15534 is founded by group of passionate students at Phillips Exeter Academy.