The Hitchhikers

Team 2059, The Hitchhikers Robotics group, strives to build competitive robots, and spread the impact of STEM throughout our community by helping high school aged students gain vital knowledge about Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Project Management. The Hitchhikers was founded in 2010 and has since produced one of the most successful robotics teams in North Carolina. Playing in the FIRST Robotics Competition, The Hitchhikers has helped countless children gain a foothold in STEM education and promoted sponsors on a world stage in front of thousands of viewers.


What is first?

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity works to develop ways to inspire students in engineering and technology fields. FIRST’s mission is to “inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”

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Robot Overview


Marvin II




Infinite Recharge


West coast

Although a very short season this year, Marvin II made it’s premier in 2020 in the season Infinite Recharge. Marvin II is a veteran in the Wake County Competition playing 12 qualification matches and 2 quarterfinal matches during the event. Featuring a rotating turret head, Marvin II was able to shoot fuel balls into the top goal using a mounted camera.

Team Blog

Keep up to date with what the team is doing by checking out our blog posts below. For more posts or older posts, check out our archive or click the button below.

2019 NC State Championship

After our two back-to-back competitions, we were excited to get a chance to relax and catch up on life and some good tea! Our break was quite restful, but we knew that preparation for States had to begin soon. A few days after the end of Guilford, we met to unpack...

2019 Guilford County District Event

During the week leading up to our next competition at the Guilford County District Event, our main goal was to improve our ball collector. Cargo scored more points, so we decided not to focus on scoring hatches. At the previous competition, we noticed that Deep...

2019 Wake County District Event

After bagging and tagging our 2019 robot, Deep Thought, we took a few days to catch up on some sleep and school. However, we knew that our break could not be long due to our mechanical falling behind schedule quite a bit. With that in mind, we set out to improve the...

2019 Build Season: Week 6

Week 6 was spent getting everything ready before for the end of build season. During this week, our main goals were to finish all mechanical aspects, which needed quite a bit of work, and spend time calibrating our code. While we were able to learn from last year’s...

2019 Build Season: Week 5

One of our main focuses of Week 5 was to finish fabricating our lift mechanism. Mechanically, we were able to accomplish that goal and more! Our endgame mechanism is mostly finished and mounted to our 2019 robot, and our collector for the hatches and cargo was worked...

2019 Build Season: Week 4

During Week 4, our Mechanical Team finished attaching our lifting mechanism and the battery holder to our chassis and have begun to build a few things for the mechanism we are using for manipulating the cargo and hatches. On our Programming Team, they worked on...

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It’s not just robots…

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