The school calendar was set for the first ever robotics team meeting for August 29,2005. but school was not in session: Hurricane Katrina had other ideas. Category 4 winds and a storm surge filled our school building with 15 feet of water, a complete destruction. Every member of our school was affected in some way. In the days and weeks following, faculty and mentors realized that robotics may need to wait. But students who were savaging what they could and helping move to a temporary school building asked to begin membership as soon as school could re-open. So we did, maybe a form of the "normalcy" everyone was talking about.
In 2005, we managed a team of 15 members and became Team 1927. We named our team Tempest, which means "storm", so that we would never forget where we had been. In our first year, we attended the Peachtree Regional and won the Rookie Inspiration Award. We were selected as an alliance team and were successful through the quarter finals. We completed two years as Mercy Cross High School. Our second year, we won the Judges' Award and our team was acknowledged as an alliance team through the quarter finals at the First Annual Bayou Regional Robotics Competition. As we entered our third year, and due to the impact of Katrina, our school was closed and merged with another local Catholic high school, St. John, and we became St. Patrick Catholic High School. Our team name and number remained the same as we were no longer rookies. Our third year. we attended the Bayou Regional, we were selected as an alliance team, competed through the quarter finals, and won the Autodesk Visualization Award. In our fourth year, we had approximately forty members. We competed in the Bayou Regional where we won the Autodesk Visualization Award and the Engineering Inspiration Award. We advanced to the National Championship in Atlanta for the first time. In 2010, one member designed a rotating wheel and our team won the General Motors Industrial Design Award, Engineering Inspiration, Autodesk Visualization, and advanced to Nationals. In 2011, Team Tempest was a Bayou Regional Champion, advanced to to nationals, won the Engineering Inspiration Award and Autodesk
Visualization Award. Over 70 students continually apply for membership for Team Tempest.