In 2007 Panteras got the Inspire Award in Mexico’s FVC regional and the pass to Atlanta’s World Championship where the team won the 6th place. This year we also created the first FRC team with "Guacamole". The team participated in Detroit’s regional and won the Rookie All Star Award and the pass to Atlanta’s World Championship, where we also won the rookie all star award, thanks to the work and the enthusiasm of the team.
It began the first day that we got back to school from winter vacation, to be specific, January the 8 the , 2007. The decision of making UP and Cedros part of the FRC had been made just a couple of weeks before the announcement so we had no teams.
Directors and teachers from a Universidad Panamericana and Centro Escolar Cedros got the alumni prospects together and asked them if they were interested in participating or not. An initial meeting took place the next day to talk us into the project, which will succeed only as a result of a great amount of effort and dedication.
One of the main sponsors of the project was the transnational automotive company General Motors. Both GM and Universidad Panamericana are eagerly interested into creating a strong bound between youngsters and technology so they can be ready to confront the challenges of a new era. This sort of projects helps people to gain experience, values and knowledge that are indispensable nowadays.
With a total of 35 members, 22 alumni, 5 teachers from both institutions and 8 members from the GM staff we adventured ourselves into one of the most ambitious projects we have ever been in.
Being the first Mexican team to participate in this competition and the first to be fully participating in every area of the FRC was not easy, soon inexperience began to charge its debts, even though some of our members had already been participating at the FIRST Lego league and the FIRST Vex Challenge before. All of them knew how hard it was but some of us didn't, inexperience wasn't a mitigating factor for our enthusiasm which prevailed from the beginning to the end. Getting in touch with other experienced teams also helped our performance during the robot construction.