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.

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

 ha  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.

2022 NC State Championship  at 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...

2022 Science Museum in Raleigh  at 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...

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...

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...

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It’s not just robots…

We aren’t just about robots on the hitchhikers. There is so much more to first than robots. Learn new skills, build connections, and creating friendships are only some of what FIRST can do for you.

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