We’re a high school academy in the Bay Area
promoting STEM through competitive
robotics & community outreach.

By the Numbers

Our student-run academy started as a club in 2010 with the goal of building “a student-run organization which teaches local Fremont, CA students technology and engineering principles through the design, construction, and testing of robots.” With generous support and contribution of the community and its members, our organization has grown and developed throughout the years.

One of our main goals is to reach out to the community and even the greater Bay Area. We’ve done this in a variety of ways, from hosting robotics tournaments to running enrichment camps for young students.



First Tech Challenge Tournament, 2011

In 2011, we hosted our first ever First Lego League and First Tech Challenge tournament, which brought teams from all over the Bay Area and beyond.

Robotics Summer Courses (2014–2016)

Since then, we have begun outreach programs that focus on teaching robotics to younger children. From 2014 to 2016 we have taught summer courses to children in Lego Robotics using NXT kits using a third party curriculum.

One of our main goals is to reach out to the community and even the greater Bay Area. We’ve done this in a variety of ways, from hosting robotics tournaments to running enrichment camps for young students.



Robotics Winter Camps (2016-2017)

Starting the winter of 2016 to the winter of 2017, we decided to write our own robotics curriculum and use it to teach elementary school students the basics of engineering a robot over the holiday break. These camps were taught by a rotation of members and are in partnership with a local community center.

Maker Faire (2012-present)

But our biggest (and most anticipated) outreach event is our annual trip to Maker Faire Bay Area, where we bring a robot and a field to let young students drive our robot and inspire them to pursue robotics and STEM in the future. Our award-winning booth is one of our most effective outreach tools.


AboveTop: Maker Faire 2016, LeftBottom: Maker Faire 2018

Angela Chan

Competitive Robotics

We’ve participated in a number of robotics tournaments through the years. In 2010, our first year, we competed in two distinct robotics tournaments: the First Tech Challenge (FTC) and the Botball Educational Robotics Program. Then, starting in 2012, we shifted our efforts solely to FTC until the 2015–2016 school year. In that year, due to various reasons, we dropped out of FTC and switched to the VEX Robotics Competition, which has a smaller set of teams but a wider reach.

Throughout the years, our teams have won numerous awards for our performance:

Robotics Events

We also host robotics qualifiers for Bay Area teams to help them advance to the state championships.


Sponsors

The things that we do would not be possible without our sponsors.
We would like to thank all the organizations that continue to help us on our journey: