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 were founded in 2010 and have since produced one of the most successful robotics teams in North Carolina. Playing in the FIRST Robotics Competition, The Hitchhikers have helped countless children gain a foothold in STEM education and have 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.

2023 Season – Week 2

Two members work on the gripper.Week 2 is finished. We're working on autonomous driving, the gripper claw (to grab cones and cubes), and the telescoping arm that the gripper will get mounted on. But most importantly, we're working on getting the website running. 

2022 Science Museum in Raleigh

After a fun and exciting season, we were more than happy to spend a day showcasing our robots at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. It was a fun day showing kids and parents our robots, and letting the kids drive the robots around and shoot balls.

2022 NC State Championship

After two competitions where we struggled with robot issues, we were excited to get a chance to go to the 2022 state finals! Finally, it was time for the competition to start! On the day of load-in, we were ready for the competition and in high spirits, but we were...

2022 FNC District Guilford County Event

We are so excited to compete again with a better working robot. We ended up loosing in the first round of the playoffs, but we won the Imagery award.

2022 FNC District ECU Event

Its the teams first competition in a year and a half. We are so excited to compete again with a working robot. We ended up loosing in the semifinals, but we won the Gracious Professionalism award.

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...

Discover the game

Check out the game manual here for rules or view the game trailer for a walkthrough of the competition.

It’s not just robots…

We aren’t just about robots on the Hitchhikers. There is so much more to FIRST than robots. Learning new skills, building connections, and creating friendships are only a few of the things FIRST can do for you. 

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