FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition has been called “The Varsity Sport for the Mind.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and time constraints, teams of high school students are challenged to raise funds, design a team brand (Spartatroniks), hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.
The Orcutt Academy High School robotics team, FIRST 3512 Spartatroniks, currently has 42 students with many valuable mentors who have worked hard to get us to where we are today. Guided by mentors and fully embracing the principles of FIRST, students are responsible for all the work, from the mechanics to the business side – putting in 30+ hours per week on top of their academic studies and other responsibilities. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get, including both the business and design sides of engineering! Last season, we found great success at one of our regional competitions in Ventura and were ranked second place throughout the competition. We ended up winning the whole regional, and, as a result, we were granted the amazing opportunity to go to the FIRST Robotics World Championships in Houston, TX.
At the World Championships, we had a spectacular run into the semifinals. We ranked fifth which is our best showing ever at Champs. We managed to beat the highest caliber teams to reach our success, and we couldn’t have done so without the support of our sponsors. As our next build season rapidly approaches, we are taking steps to develop the skills of all our new and returning students to maintain our rank as one of the top teams in FRC. We ask that you consider supporting our team as we push to do even better in this year’s game, DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE.
FIRST 3512 Spartatroniks