The team was created in 2015 and was assigned the number 5854. The founding members decided to name the team GLITCH, a nod to Murphy's Law and the challenges they were sure to face. Team 5854 began as a robotics mini-competition put on for high school students in partnership with the UNC Asheville Mechatronics Department. It eventually grew into GLITCH, an FRC team based at UNC Asheville in Asheville, North Carolina. GLITCH is a team of roughly twenty-five students and a large number of mentors. Because the surrounding area was so lacking in youth STEM activities, glitches (student team members) come from nearly ten different high schools, and the team openly recruits students from all over Asheville and the WNC area.
We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship. The really cool thing about FIRST Robotics Competition is…all skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical or non-technical. A big advantage to participating in FIRST is gaining access to millions in college scholarships made available by colleges, universities, and corporations who support FIRST. This is exclusive financial help open only to FIRST team members, giving them a competitive leg up on other students seeking educational funds.