In 2017 Soleonidas III was created for the FIRST Steamworks Challenge. We ranked 6th at the Westtown District Event and ranked 16th at the Bridgewater-Raritan District Event. Winning our first blue banner in our team history at the Westtown District Event with our alliance partners 3929 and 1495. Along with ranking 6th at the FIRST Mid-Atlantic District Championship. Also qualifying to attend FIRST World Championship St. Louis by our excellent performance and ranking 15th in the Tesla Division.
In 2016 Soleonidas II was created for the FIRST Stronghold Challenge. We ranked 2nd at the Hatboro-Horsham District Event and ranked 3rd at the Bridgewater-Raritan District Event. Becoming a finalist at the Hatboro-Horsham District Event with out alliance partners 2607 and 2559. Along with qualifying for the FIRST Mid-Atlantic District Championship. Also qualifying to attend FIRST World Championship St. Louis by performance and ranking 14th in the Carver Division.
The Southern Lehigh High School first became involved with FIRST in 2002, ten years after the birth of FIRST. Travis Lehman, a technology education teacher at Southern Lehigh, initiated it. At that time, the team was named FRED. Our first robot, Jerry Rigged, was awarded the Xerox Creativity Award for our design during our rookie year at the 2002 Philadelphia Regional. The next year, 2003, the robot Jaws was created. At this point Mr. Lehman could no longer afford the time to run the robotics club, so the responsibility was passed on to one of the volunteer advisors, John Hughes. In 2004, Atlas was built, and in 2005, Nemesis was born. That year our team, Spartechs 834, along with teams 293 and 358, won second place at the FIRST Regional at Philadelphia. In 2006 the chief advisor position was passed on to Robert Gaugler, the new technology education teacher at Southern Lehigh. That year our robot, Monstructor, made it to the quarter finals during the Philadelphia regionals. During 2007 Jagen was created for the Rack ‘n Roll challenge. Along with teams 539, 816, and team 399, the Spartechs once again made it to the finals, placing second for the second time in 3 years.