WHAT IS FIRST?

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing students to prospective careers in science and technology. FIRST’s mission is “to show students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all.” Founded by Dean Kamen in 1990, the organization has brought millions of students into the realm of robotics over the past two decades.

 

FIRST runs multiple programs, including:

  • FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) for 9th-12th graders

  • FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) for 7th-12th graders

  • FIRST Lego League Challenge (FLL-C) for 4th-8th graders

  • FIRST Lego League Explorer (FLL-E) for 1st-4th graders

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FIRST Core Values

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We express the FIRST philosophies of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition through our Core Values:

  • Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.

  • Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.

  • Impact:  We apply what we learn to improve our world.

  • Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences. 

  • Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.

  • Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!

OUR HISTORY

Fremont High Robotics started in 2010 as a robotics 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. The team has seen a substantial upward trend of growth, growing to a size of 131 active members in 2018 and a complete transformation of STEAM interest at Fremont High School. The team has also participated in the Championships twice since 2011 (most recently in the 2017-2018 season).

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Since 2015, the Firebots have founded multiple FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams with middle school students such as Cupertino Middle School and Don Callejon Elementary School. These middle and elementary school students are tasked with designing, building, and programming a competition robot each year using LEGO Mindstorms. FLL students also conceptualize and perform research projects related to the year’s FIRST theme. The Firebots’ high school members mentors not only help the middle schoolers and guide them through their game challenge each year but they also inspire the young innovative minds. 

 

Since 2016, the Firebots has founded and coached FIRST Lego League Jr (FLL Jr) teams with elementary school students from Don Callejon Elementary. These elementary students are tasked with designing a motorized Lego model and completing a research project and presentation related to the theme of the year.

In 2019, we have extended to founding two First Tech Challenge (FTC) teams with high school students from Fremont High School. These high school students are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. They both competed in two competitions in the fall season of 2019. Establishing these teams created a path for students to grow through FIRST robotics, proceeding from FTC to FRC. In addition, our team organized a record number of outreach events (10 events) to broaden our spread of FIRST values.

 

In 2020, we created an FLL video series to aid and encourage the FLL teams we support. We also expanded our FTC program by establishing a third team, the Emberbots, due to wild success from having two teams participate the year prior. We’ve expanded the size of our Business and Marketing team, including Media Lead and Events Lead, and have updated our recruitment process to reflect the diversity of fields that we promote, allowing students from more fields to apply their passion.

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2020 - 2021


Awards 2021 Game Design Challenge Designer's Award Leadership President: Zaki Loldj VP of Design: Adam Vaughn VP of Manufacturing: Kavin Sureshbabu VP of Software: Dwijen Chawra VP of Electrical: Yusuf Jarada VP of Business and Marketing: Manan Bhargava FTC Team 16532 Lead: Juan Pedraza Arellano FTC Team 16533 Lead: Tanvi Panse FTC Team 18223 Lead: Oindree Chatterjee Media Lead: Chloe Lau Events Lead: Eesha Ghanta FLL Lead: Taran Kondamuru




2019 - 2020


Leadership President: Daniel Ziper
VP of Electrical Engineering: Akash Jain
VP of Mechanical Design: Adam Vaughan
VP of Manufacturing: Zaki Loldj
VP of Software Engineering: Dwijen Chawra
VP of Business and Media: Manan Bhargava




2018 - 2019


Leadership President: Yash Kedia
VP of Electrical Engineering: Daniel Ziper
VP of Mechanical Engineering: Assaf Vayner
VP of Software Engineering: Rohan Rodrigues
VP of Business and Media: Marc Corfmat
VP of Strategy: Alon Lahav




2017 - 2018


Awards 2018 Arizona North Regional: Quarterfinalist Leadership President: Colin Howard
VP of Electrical Engineering: Yash Kedia
VP of Mechanical Engineering: Prithvi Kannan
VP of Software Engineering: Cindy Zhang
VP of Marketing and Public Relations: Shaina Chen
VP of Finance: Niyati Sriram
VP of Strategy: Rohan Walia




2016 - 2017


Leadership Chief Executive Officer: Kevin Zhang
VP of Electrical Engineering: Yash Kedia
VP of Mechanical Engineering: CH
VP of Software Engineering: Cindy Zhang
VP of Marketing and Public Relations: Lauren Meier
VP of Safety: Karthik Balakrishnan
VP of Finance: Meryem Esa
VP of Strategy: Rohan Walia




2015 - 2016


Awards 2016 Calgames: Finalist 2016 Central Valley Regional: Spirit Award Leadership Chief Executive Officer: Logan Howard
VP of Electrical Engineering: Davide Lanfranconi
VP of Mechanical Engineering: Rishab Kedia
VP of Software Engineering: Kevin Zhang
VP of Public Relations and Marketing: Daniel Zhang
VP of Safety/Quality: Aayush Patel
VP of Finance: Meryem Esa VP of Special Projects: Neel Saswade
VP of Strategy: Cindy Zhang




2014 - 2015


Awards 2015 Central Valley Regional: Quarterfinalist Alliance Captain Industrial Safetway Award Finalist 2015 Ventura Regional: Quarterfinalist Alliance Captain Industrial Safety Award Finalist Leadership Chief Executive Officer: Sitar Harel
VP of Electrical Engineering: Rajat Walia
VP of Mechanical Engineering: Rishab Kedia
VP of Software Engineering: Harel Dor
VP of Public Relations and Marketing: Daniel Zhang
VP of Safety/Quality: Annam Quraishi
VP of Finance: Kenny Nguyen
VP of Project Management: Logan Howard
VP of Strategy: John Lin




2013 - 2014


Awards 2014 Central Valley Regional: Semifinalist Spirit Award Leadership President: Stuart McCrorie
Lead of Electrical Engineering: Rajat Walia
Lead of Mechanical Engineering: Sitar Harel
Lead of Software Engineering: Jaidev Bapat
Lead of Business/Public Relations: Hailey Sanidad
Lead of Safety/Quality: Annam Quraishi




2012 - 2013


Awards 2013 Central Valley Regional: Finalist Alliance Captain Judges' Award No. 1 Seed 2013 Calgames: Quarterfinalist Leadership President: Stuart McCrorie
Vice President: Vasu Maheshwari
Lead of Electrical Engineering: George He
Lead of Mechanical Engineering: Charlie Depew
Lead of Software Engineering: Jaidev Bapat
Lead of Business/Public Relations: Hailey Sanidad
Lead of Safety/Quality: Annam Quraishi




2011 - 2012


Awards 2012 Central Valley Regional: Semifinalist Leadership President: Jason McCrorie
Vice President: Stuart McCrorie
Lead of Electrical Engineering: Rich Kaecher
Lead of Mechanical Engineering: Jason McCrorie
Lead of Software Engineering: Bruce Feldman
Lead of Business: George He
Lead of Public Outreach: Jaidev Bapat
Lead of Safety: Annam Quraishi




2010 - 2011


Awards 2011 Silicon Valley Regional: Highest Rookie Seed Inventor Award Finalist Leadership President: Nathan Depew
Vice President: Jason McCrorie




2009 - 2010


Leadership President: Nathan Depew
Vice President: Jason McCrorie





Past Awards and Leadership