FIRST Team 3792, the Army Ants, was founded in 2011 at the Columbia Area Career Center as part of the Columbia Public School District. The team won the Rookie All Star award at the St. Louis regional and competed at the Championship event in 2011. In 2015, the team won the innovation in controls award at the St.Louis regional. In 2016, the team earned the quality award for our competition robot “Rob” at the St.Louis regional.
Shortly before the 2016 season, the Army Ants left the school district and is now governed by the Columbia Educational Robotics Foundation (CERF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. CERF promotes educational robotics at all age levels, including local FLL teams.
Currently, the team is based at the University of Missouri campus, where there is access to better tools and a larger work space. The team is affiliated with 4-H as a Special Interest Group.
Today, the Army Ants consists of 10 mentors and 25 students. The head coach is Dr. Kevin Gillis, a bioengineering professor at the University of Missouri. The student team members come from the three local high schools, though all high-school students in Boone County are welcome to join the team.