Fremont High Robotics started in 2010 as a team of 10 people at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, initially called "the Grinders." The team began participating in FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC) as Team 3501 "the Firebots" in 2011 and has attended at least 2 regional competitions each year since. Over the years, the team has substantially grown, having an all-time largest of 131 active members in 2018 and completely transforming STEAM interest at Fremont High School.
In 2019, we had extended to founding two First Tech Challenge (FTC) teams with high school students from Fremont High School. Team 16532 Sparkbots and Team 16533 Infernobots were both much smaller teams with about 10 students each in comparison to the average 80 students in FRC alone. The smaller, more individualized team created an ideal learning environment for new members without intimidating them. These high school students were challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Establishing these teams created a path for students to grow through FIRST robotics, proceeding to transition from FTC to FRC.
In 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued to expand our FTC program by establishing a third team, the Emberbots, after witnessing the wild success of having the two new teams the year prior. We also re-established the Business and Marketing division with new formal leadership including the Business, Media, and Events leads.
Today, each FTC team has about 12 members each and our FRC team has 28 members working to create a thriving future for STEAM education.