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FHS Robotics

The Fremont High School Firebots aim to promote and foster interest and passion for science, engineering, and technology, as well as help build teamwork and leadership skills among middle and high school students. With over 55 active high school team members, 10 active middle school team members, and 15 active adult mentors, the Firebots are one of the largest and most active student organizations on the Fremont High School campus.

The Firebots are a student run, student driven team.  The team focuses on several core goals: science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, leadership development, financial management, and outreach.  The team participates in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. FIRST is an organization which aims to teach students about science and engineering through their programs for various age levels (FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST Lego League, and Junior FIRST Lego League).  Firebots students design, build, and test a new robot each year with guidance from professional adult mentorship.  Based on research conducted by FIRST, the chances of having a successful career in engineering, science, technology, and business, are well over 60% for students who apply themselves in high school through participation in robotics.

Leadership development begins with elections in May and continues throughout the year.  Students engage in a Training Season from September through December, during which they participate in workshops taught by experienced mentors and senior students.  These workshops include technical skill development in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, software development, safety, game strategy, financial management, public relations, and media.  During Build Season, from January through March, the team develops a robot in preparation for competition. The Competition Season runs from March through April. Team members who wish to participate in Competition Season must have been active during the Training and Build Seasons.  Competition Season is followed by the Outreach Season in May through August.  During Outreach Season, team members participate in several community events, providing robot demonstrations at local schools, libraries and companies, thereby developing an interest in science and technology in young minds.

In addition to the Firebots FRC team, new in 2015, the Firebots have also founded two FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams with middle school students from the Cupertino Middle School Area.  These middle 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 theme.  The Firebots high school members mentor the middle schoolers and guide them through their game challenge each year.

In order for all students in our socioeconomically diverse school have equal access to all that the team has to offer, we do not charge a participation fee.  Therefore, as a non-profit organization, the Fremont High Firebots rely on corporate donations, community donations, and grants for financial and mentorship support.   
 
Awards and Honors
2011 Silicon Valley Regional- Highest Rookie Seed
2011 Silicon Valley Regional- Inventor’s Award Runner-Up
2012 Central Valley Regional- Semifinalist
2013 Central Valley Regional- Finalist
2013 Central Valley Regional- Judges Award
2013 Central Valley Regional- No. 1 Seed
2014 Central Valley Regional- Semifinalist
2014 Central Valley Regional- Spirit Award
2015 Central Valley Regional - Alliance Captain & Quarterfinalist
2015 Central Valley Regional - Industrial Safety Award Finalist
2015 Ventura Regional - Alliance Captain & Quaterfinalist
2015 Ventura Regional -  Industrial Safety Award Finalist
For more information about our team and how you can support us or get involved, please visit our website:www.fremontrobotics.com.