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. In 2017, the team won the Judges’ Award for exceptional CAD design, calculations, and strategy for our competition robot, “Ralph”.
In 2018, the Army Ants won the Engineering Inspiration Award at the St. Louis Regional and became the Rocket City Regional Winners, both accomplishments qualified them for the FRC World Championships in Houston.
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 FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams.
Currently, the team is based at the University of Missouri campus. The team is affiliated with 4-H as a Special Interest Group.
Today, the Army Ants consists of 34 students and several mentors. The head mentor is Dr. Kevin Gillis, a bioengineering professor at the University of Missouri. The student team members come from the four local high schools and some home schoolers, though all high-school students in Boone County are welcome to join the team.