On January, 16, 2016 the first year Drew Central 21st CCLC Robotics Team competed in the Collierville, TN Dragon VEX competition and placed 2nd. When the team arrived they were ranked 21 out of 21. During the 37 qualifications rounds, teams play as an “alliance”.
Each alliance consists of two teams randomly chosen and put together to show teamwork and to see how the alliance could work together and make their robots complement one another. Drew Central played 7 qualifying rounds and won each. At the end of the qualification match, DC Gearheads had advanced to 2nd place overall.