The robotics team from Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City earned sixth place at the N.C. FIRST Robotics Competition in Raleigh.
Before the event, the robotics team, dubbed the Neon Jets, was awarded two NASA grants and a 3-D printer earlier this year.
The team has never cracked the top 40 or made it to the second day of the competition.
After the first day of the competition with about 55 teams, the Neon Jets were in 12th place. They moved up to sixth place in the second day of the competition.
It was a huge success for the students as many of the other teams have been competing much longer and with more resources, said Jordan-Matthews Principal Martin McDonald in a news release.
Team members include: Cesareo Agulia, J.T. Bailey Jr., Alec Brewer, Caitlyn Holt, Joseph Johnson, Gray Knight, Victor Knight, Angel Lagunes,
Jacob Lewallen, Kali May, Yuarmuy Nava, Rudy Ortiz, Emani Richardson, Ramon Richardson, Jerry Samayoa, Eduardo Sanchez and Eric Villalobos.